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LEGAL NOTE: The following text is intended for information only. The only legally binding text is the Slovenian version as published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia (no. 04/11 and 72/11).


Rules on the Procedures of the (co)financing and Monitoring of Research Activities Implementation
 

A. General provisions

Article 1

(Contents of the Rules)

(1) The Rules lay down the procedure for selection of recipients of budget financing, which perform research, and monitoring of their obligations.

(2) The Rules lay down the procedures for invitations and calls and assessment of applications for financing or co-financing (hereinafter: ((co)financing) of research that encompasses:

  • research programmes;
  • basic, applicative and postdoctoral research projects;
  • mentors and training of young researchers in research institutions;
  • international science cooperation;
  • prominent researchers from abroad, and
  • support activities.

(3) Support activities encompass:

  • infrastructure programs;
  • purchase of research equipment;
  • science meetings;
  • purchase of international science literature and databases;
  • central specialised information centres.

(4) The Rules lay down reporting obligations of fund recipients referred to in the previous paragraph hereunder.

Article 2

Every public call made by the Public Research Agency of the Republic of Slovenia (hereinafter: the Agency) not referred to herein and the Rules for targeted research programs shall be made in accordance with the procedures laid down herein (Sections A-F) whereas the indicators and the criteria shall be specified in the invitation documentation. The Rules shall not apply to the matters regulated differently in other regulations of the Agency.

Article 3

(Purpose of the Rules)

The purpose hereof is to provide for transparent procedures of selection and (co)financing of activities referred to in the second paragraph of Article 1 in accordance with the internationally established principles for such procedures.

Article 4

(Definition of Terms)

(1) A research programme represents a comprehensive area of research work for which it can be expected to be relevant and usable for an extended period and which has an importance to Slovenia that renders it the national interest as specified in the national R&D programme.

(2) A basic project is an original experimental or theoretical work foremost aimed at obtaining new knowledge about the basis of phenomena and perceptible facts.

(3) An applicative project is original research performed to acquire new knowledge and directed primarily towards a practical goal or purpose.

(4) A postdoctoral project is a basic or applicative project performed by a single postdoctoral researcher. A postdoctoral researcher is a researcher who obtained a doctoral degree less than three years ago.

(5) A mobility project is original research performed during one or two years of hosting by a foreign research institution where such hosting lasts more than a half of the project period.

(6) Basic, applicative and postdoctoral projects may be topically directed with research topics set by a public call.

(7) An infrastructure programme is maintenance of infrastructure as support to research in a public research institution (hereinafter: the PRI) or a research institution with concession (hereinafter: the CRI) in the form of instrumental support, support to science literature collections, popularisation of science and support to research programmes containing elements of an instrumental centre or science collection.

(8) A science literature meeting in accordance herewith is intended for exchange and verification of findings and knowledge stemming from own research work of scientists. A science literature meeting in accordance herewith is a meeting intended for transfer of basic scientific findings into application and technological development.

(9) An international science literature meeting in accordance herewith is a meeting taking place in a the slovenian (first language) and at least one of the world languages (second language), having an international programming committee and at which at least half of active participants with papers and lectures by invitation come from abroad.

(10) A home research institution is the one applying the research programme or project, is listed the first on the application form and employs the research programme or project manager. The home research institution has the status of an applicant.

(11) A group of researchers in accordance herewith is a programme group, project team or any other group of researchers entering a public invitation or call.

(12) A criterion is a general element of assessment used in application assessment. Criteria used in individual invitations are set forth herein. A range of indicators is set for each criterion.

(13) An indicator is an element of assessment within a criterion used in application assessment. A range of yardsticks is set for each indicator.

(14) A yardstick is an element of assessment within an indicator used in application assessment. A range of points is set for each yardstick.

(15) Research infrastructure marks contents financed by the Agency which are important as support to research.

(16) Limit value is used in certain quantitative assessments for conversion of values of quantitative assessments (e.g. number of points in the Sicris database and number of citations) into points used in scoring.

(17) The minimum score is the minimum number of points to be achieved for eligibility for financing. The minimum score can be set as an entry condition, for a criterion or the overall score.

(18) The methodology determines the limit value, minimum scores, criteria with the pertaining number of points and a more detailed assessment procedures if necessary. The methodology is adopted by the Science Council of the Agency (hereinafter: the SCA).

Article 5

(Conditions to initiate the procedure of (co)financing)

The Agency may initiate the procedure to grant funding if:

  • the funds are provided for in the adopted action plan and budget of the Agency in the necessary amount; and
  • other conditions for assuming liabilities laid down by laws and regulations have been met.

Article 6

(Official)

Director of the Agency (hereinafter: the Director) shall authorise a civil servant competent for individual topics at the Agency (hereinafter: the Official) to coordinate and organise the evaluation procedure and the procedure for selecting applications for (co)financing of research and the procedure for selecting the candidate who will receive funding.

Article 7

(Terms and Conditions)

(1) The terms & conditions for granting funds shall be set herein and in the public invitation or call.

(2) A researcher applying within the applicant to a public invitation or call as the programme or project manager, head of a science meeting or head of a group of researchers of the applicant, as the host to a prominent researcher from abroad (hereinafter: the Head of Research), may only apply with one proposal for (co)financing of research (hereinafter: the Research Proposal) at an individual public invitation or call.

B. (Co)financing) procedure

I. Public invitation

Article 8

(Public invitation)

(1) The Agency shall collect applications for (co)financing research in electronic or printed form, based on a public invitation (hereinafter: the Invitation).

(2) The Invitations are divided into two core groups. The first group includes the Invitations for (co)financing research which among other things assess researchers (programmes, projects, mentors, international cooperation and prominent researchers from abroad and science meetings). The second group includes activities supporting research (infrastructure programme, purchase of equipment, purchase of international science literature and central information centres).

(3) A public call shall be made for (co)financing of research and infrastructure programmes.

Article 9

(Preparing the draft invitation)

(1) Preparation of the draft invitation shall take into account the Research and Innovation Strategy as regards R&D and the available funds. The Director may establish a committee to prepare the draft invitation.

(2) The SCA shall discuss the draft invitation and propose any amendments and supplements thereto.

Article 10

(Announcing the Invitation)

The Agency shall announce the plan of all invitations for the current year on its website. The announcement shall include the planned publication date (month and year), name of the Invitation, legal grounds for the Invitation, deadline for submitting applications, deadline for informing on results and contact persons.

Article 11

(Publication of the Invitation)

(1) The decision to publish the Invitation shall be taken by the Director. The Invitation shall be published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia and on the Agency’s website. A public call to the applicants shall be published on the Agency's website.

(2) When publishing the Invitation, the Agency shall also publish on its website the schedule of the Invitation presenting in progress stages of the Invitation.

Article 12

(Contents of the Invitation publication)

(1) The Invitation publication shall contain in particular:

  1. name and registered office of the Agency;
  2. legal grounds for the Invitation, specifying the assessment methodology for applications for (co)financing research;
  3. subject matter of the Invitation;
  4. basic conditions for applying to the Invitation and the assessment criteria;
  5. rough amount of funding earmarked for the Invitation;
  6. the period in which the granted funds must be spent;
  7. the invitation documentation specifying the type of evidence on meeting of the conditions;
  8. method, form and deadline for application submitting;
  9. venue, date and time of opening of applications;
  10. the deadline by which the applicants will be informed on the Invitation’s results;
  11. location and times at which any interested party can obtain the invitation documentation and the web address where the invitation documentation is available.

(2) The Agency can in addition to the information specified in the previous paragraph hereunder publish other information if needed with regard to the type of the subject matter of the Invitation.

Article 13

(Invitation documentation)

(1) The invitation documentation contains the methodology for assessing applications for (co)financing research, secondary legislation of the Agency, the prescribed application form, sample contract and, if need be, other forms and instructions.

(2) The Agency shall make the invitation documentation available to the applicants on its website.

(3) The Agency shall specify in the invitation documentation all conditions to be met by the applicants in order to be included in the selection for funding or selection of candidates and all the data required in the application to render it formally complete.

(4) The applicants shall enter the Invitation by submitting an application and the required evidence. The Agency shall disregard in the assessment procedure any additional documentation enclosed by the applicants at their own initiative to the application documents.

Article 14

(Application)

Data on the subject matter of the Invitation to be included in the application are set herein in the section on special characteristics of individual invitations and calls.

Article 15

(Form of application)

(1) An application to the Invitation shall be made in electronic or printed form. If an electronic application is signed with a qualified digital certificate, the applicant may choose not to submit the application in printed form. The application form shall be submitted in Slovene and English or solely in Slovene, as provisions of the Invitation may require.

(2) The application shall be signed by the persons specified in the Invitation.

(3) If an application to the Invitation is submitted directly at the head office, receiving of an application in printed form shall be acknowledged on a special application receiving form which will be submitted to the applicant at the head office.

Article 16

(Deadline for submitting applications)

(1) The applications shall be submitted by the deadline specified in the invitation publication.

(2) A submitted printed application shall be in a closed envelope. The envelope shall be marked with “Do not open – Application”, name of the Invitation for which the application is made and address of the applicant.

II. Opening of applications procedure

Article 17

(Committee for opening applications)

(1) The opening of applications procedure shall be handled by the committee for opening applications (hereinafter: the Committee) to be appointed by a resolution in writing made by the Director.

(2) The Director shall determine the number of members of the Committee. The Committee shall consist of the chair and at least two members. The chair and at least half of the Committee members shall be employees of the Agency.

Article 18

(Opening of applications)

(1) Opening of received applications shall be made within the deadline set in the Invitation where such deadline shall not exceed eight days from the deadline for submitting applications.

(2) As a rule, applications are opened publicly. In the case of a public opening of invitations, the opening procedure will be performed within three business days from the deadline for submitting applications. The Committee may opt for a non-public opening if the number of applications is great.

(3) The Committee shall open at a meeting convened by the chair only correctly marked envelopes submitted on time and record evidence on applications being sent too late or incorrectly marked. Any applications not submitted on time or incorrectly marked shall be returned unopened to the applicant with an enclosed letter. Evidence on the applications not being sent on time or incorrectly marked shall form a constituent part of the official documentation. The Committee shall record evidence on untimely submitted and incorrectly marked electronic applications.

Article 19

(Minutes of the Committee)

(1) The Committee shall keep minutes on opening of the applications, which shall contain in particular:

  1. venue and time of opening and formal examination of applications;
  2. subject matter of the Invitation;
  3. names of the Committee members present;
  4. names of the applicants submitting applications;
  5. findings on timely and untimely applications and correctly and incorrectly marked envelopes; and
  6. findings on formal completeness of applications.

(2) The minutes shall be signed by the chair and members of the Committee. If opening of applications is public, the list of applicants’ representatives present at the opening shall be enclosed to the minutes.

Article 20

(Incomplete documentation – supplementing applications)

(1) The Committee shall within eight days after opening of the applications call in writing upon the applicants with formally incomplete applications to supplement them within the set deadline. The deadline for supplementing shall be a maximum of eight days following receiving of the Committee's call. An application shall be formally incomplete in the case of minor deviations from the requirements of the invitation documentation not affecting the contents of the application and the assessment and classification of the application in accordance with the criteria set for application selection.

(2) Incomplete applications not supplemented by the applicants within the deadline specified in the previous paragraph hereunder shall be rejected by a decision issued by the Director or a person authorised by the Director to do so. An appeal can be made against such a decision within eight days after serving, to be decided by a three-member appeals committee appointed by the Director. The decision of the appeals committee is final.

Article 21

(Administrative checking meeting of the conditions)

(1) The Agency shall check for each formally complete application meeting of all invitation conditions.

(2) Applications not meeting all invitation conditions shall be rejected by a decision issued by the Director or a person authorised by the Director to do so. An appeal can be made against such a decision within eight days after serving, to be decided by a three-member appeals committee appointed by the Director. The decision of the appeals committee is final.

Article 22

(Considering applications)

(1) The application selection procedure shall consider the applications meeting the requirements set forth in the Invitation and the invitation documentation.

Article 23

(Material for internal use)

The documents and data contained in the applications shall be used as material for internal use during the period of the selection for (co)financing of research.

III. Evaluation procedure

Article 24

(Assessing applications and the draft priority list)

(1) The applications are assessed by domestic reviewers, foreign reviewers, working panels, specified in the Agency's regulation concerning the work of standing bodies and working panels in research (hereinafter: the Expert Bodies) or expert committees. A panel shall assess applications in the cases set forth herein.

(2) If an expert committee assesses the applications, the Director shall appoint its chair and members. The Director shall determine the number of members of the committee. The committee shall consist of the chair and at least two members. The chair and at least half of the committee members shall be employees of the Agency. An expert committee shall assess applications in the cases set forth herein.

(3) Reviewers are appointed by the Expert Body. In special cases, where during the assessment procedure individual reviewers decline cooperation or an insufficient number of reviewers is found in a research field given the contents of the applications, and no new reviewers can be appointed from the list of reviewers approved by the SCA, the Expert Body may appoint additional reviewers for the assessment procedure. The applicant can state in the application the reviewers who should not assess the application.

(4) The task of reviewers is to prepare the assessment for applications received to the Invitation, in accordance with the Rules, methodology and the Invitation. When preparing the assessment, the reviewers shall take into account instructions to reviewers adopted by the Director.

(5) The work result of the Expert Body, expert committee or panel in the assessment procedure is preparation of the draft priority list of applications considered in the assessment procedure including a proposal for the amount of granted funding (hereinafter: the Draft Applications Priority List) unless specified otherwise herein.

Article 25

(Decision on selection)

(1) The Draft Applications Priority List is discussed by the SCA which adopts based thereon the draft decision on selection of applications for (co)financing of research with the Draft Applications Priority List (hereinafter: the Draft Decision) unless specified otherwise herein.

(2) The SCA may additionally include in the Draft Applications Priority List up to 5% of applications which follow by order in the priority list.

(3) Based on the Draft Decision of the SCA, the Director adopts a substantiated decision on selection of applications for (co)financing of research with the list of selection of applications (hereinafter: the Decision).

Article 26

(Notice of selection)

(1) The Agency shall issue based on the Decision from the third paragraph of the previous article herein individual notices of selection to the applicants (hereinafter: the Notice).

(2) The Notice shall contain data on the application and on the amount of (co) financing if the application was selected for (co)financing unless specified otherwise herein.

(3) The Notice shall separately state data on the overall score and the scores by individual assessment element as well as a notice on legal remedy. The Decision shall be substantiated in explanation of the Notice.

Article 27

(Publication of application selection)

(1) The Agency shall publish on its website the list of selected and unselected applications within five days after sending the Notice.

(2) The list referred to in the previous paragraph hereunder shall contain results presented by assessment group (by field or segment, project type etc.) and by overall score, unless specified otherwise herein.

(3) The selected applications for (co)financing of research shall be stated in the list with researchers and the Head of Research.

(4) The unselected applications for (co)financing of research shall be stated in the list only with their consecutive numbers so that their identity remains hidden.

(5) In the case of a multistage application procedure, the first stage shall state results only with their consecutive numbers so that identity of the applications remains hidden. When the last stage of the application selection is completed, the list will, in addition to the data prescribed in the second, third and fourth paragraph hereunder, state data on received funds.

IV. Objection

Article 28

(Objection)

(1) The applicant may submit an objection within 15 days after receiving the Notice. The objection shall clearly state the reasons for submitting it. Conditions, criteria and yardsticks for assessing applications or the score received by the application in the reviewing process cannot be the subject of an objection. The subject of an objection can only be a violation of the selection procedure or an evident mistake. The score can be indirectly the subject of an objection only if the applicant refers in the objection to an actual violation of the selection procedure.

(2) An objection shall not delay signing of contracts with the selected applicants.

(3) The applicants have the right to be informed on the written assessments of their proposal. In accordance with the Act on the Access to Information of Public Character, the applicants may obtain all data from the assessment procedure except those deemed an exception pursuant to the first paragraph of Article 6 of the Act on the Access to Information of Public Character (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, nos. 51/06 – official consolidated text and 117/06-ZDavP-2). Data on reviewers and data on other applicants not published on the Agency’s website, in accordance with Articles 27 and 30 herein, are personal data handled in accordance with the    Personal Data Protection Act.

Article 29

(Decision on the objection)

(1) The objections committee shall be appointed by the Director in a resolution in writing. The Director shall determine the number of members of the objections committee. The objections committee shall consist of the chair and at least two members. The chair and at least half of the committee members shall be employees of the Agency.

(2) The objections committee shall prepare the draft decision on the objection. The Director shall forward the draft decision on the objection to the Management Board for adoption.

(3) The Management Board shall decide on the objection within 30 days from receiving the proposal from the previous paragraph hereunder. The Management Board shall substantiate its decision.

(4) There shall be no appeal against the decision of the Management Board; however, an administrative dispute is possible.

Article 30

(Publication of the final selection)

(1) The Agency shall publish on its website the list of finally selected and unselected applications within five days after a decision of the Management Board on objections.

(2) The list referred to in the previous paragraph hereunder shall contain results presented by assessment group (by field or segment, project type etc.), by overall score and the funding granted.

(3) The finally selected applications for (co)financing of research shall be stated in the list with the applicants and the Head of Research.

(4) The finally unselected applications for (co)financing of research shall be stated in the list only with their consecutive numbers so that their identity remains hidden.

Article 31

(Records)

The Agency shall store the documentation on the procedure for granting funds in accordance with the regulations governing records and archiving.

C. Application assessment

Article 32

(Assessment elements)

(1) The following elements shall be used to assess applications to the Invitation:  criteria, indicators and

yardsticks.

(2) A number of indicators may apply to each criterion. Evaluation of indicators may apply one or several yardsticks. Individual indicator or yardstick is represented by a quantitative assessment or a reviewer's assessment. The reviewers may give in their assessment a short descriptive assessment or comment by assessment element.

(3) The maximum score granted to an application for a criterion and indicator set is specified herein. The maximum score granted to an application for a yardstick is specified in the methodology.

Article 33

(Criteria)

(1) The following criteria shall apply to assessment of researchers:

  • research excellence of a researcher or a group of researchers; and
  • socioeconomic or cultural relevance of research results of a researcher or a group of researchers.

(2) The following criteria shall be used to assess contents of the applications:

  • R&D quality of the application;
  • relevance and potential impact of the application; and
  • feasibility of the proposal.

(3) The following criteria shall apply to assessment of impacts of supporting activities:

  • quality of the provided support; and
  • relevance of the support.

(4) The following criteria shall apply to assessment of the applications for (co)financing of supporting activities:

  • quality of the application regarding support;
  • relevance and potential impact of the application; and
  • feasibility of the proposal.

Article 34

 (Comprehensive indicator set)

(1) 1. The research excellence of a researcher or a group of researchers shall be assessed by the following indicators:

1.1. Sicris (COBISS) score (score A1);

1.2. norm number of pure citations from the Sicris system (Web of Science – Wos) (score A2);

1.3. above-average scientific excellence (A', A" and A4);

1.4. exceptional achievements in publications;

1.5. exceptional achievements in citations;

1.6. status excellence;

1.7. lectures on international conferences abroad;

1.8. participation in international projects or parts of international projects (not bilateral ones co-financed by the Agency).

2. The socioeconomic or cultural relevance of research results of a researcher or a group of researchers is assessed by the following indicators:

2.1. funds of other users (score A3);

2.2. proven teaching activities in higher education;

2.3. proven mentorship in graduation, master’s and doctoral theses;

2.4. written popular science articles in magazines distributed to a wider audience, presence in the media with comments and critical reflections and (co)organisation of public events with a contribution to popularisation of science;

2.5. proven relevant achievements in culture (the indicator applies to humanities);

2.6. proven membership in committees significant for the field;

2.7. proven relations with businesses or publicly-provided services;

2.8. (co)author of patents, standards, licences, new products, technologies and technological solutions and innovations;

2.9. (co)founder of a spin off company;

2.10. indirect importance to the society (promotion of the country, inclusion in the international labour division, education of human resources etc.);

2.11. implementation of research programme objectives;

2.12. flow of young researchers;

2.13. hosting researchers;

2.14. inclusion of corporate researchers/experts.

3. The R&D quality of the application shall be assessed by the following indicators:

3.1. scientific significance of the topic;

3.2. current nature of the initial hypothesis and methodological adequacy or design of research;

3.3. clear idea and quality of objectives;

3.4. original (new) expected results;

3.5. quality and efficiency of the selected scientific research methodology.

4. The relevance and potential impact of the application shall be assessed by the following indicators:

          4.1. direct significance for businesses and publicly-provided services (a company, industry, several industries, social infrastructure, civil service, incorporation of new enterprises, cultural development and preservation of national identity, protection of natural and cultural heritage etc.);

4.2. indirect importance to the society (promotion of the country, access to foreign know-how, inclusion in the international labour division, education of human resources etc.);

4.3. importance for the development of science or the field;

4.4. alignment with the national development policy, scientific research, science, field and prescribed topics;

4.5. adequacy of measures for application and dissemination of results;

4.6. alignment of the proposal contents with prescribed topics;

4.7. share of funding from other sources;

4.8. significance for development of research (sub)segments in short supply;

4.9. share of foreign participants at a science meeting;

4.10. periodical nature of a science meeting;

4.11. expected responses of science and expert public;

4.12. combination of several scientific disciplines;

4.13. significance to the research institution (hereinafter: the RI);

4.14. significance to the research team;

4.15. significance to Slovenia;

4.16. potential impacts and effects of results.

5. The proposal feasibility shall be assessed by the following indicators:

5.1. qualifications of the head (proven by completed projects and mentorships);

5.2. adequacy of the action plan;

5.3. adequacy of the project’s feasibility, scope and duration;

5.4. adequacy of composition of the group of researchers (inter-disciplinary nature and inter-institutional nature);

5.5. availability of premises and equipment;

5.6. inclusion in programmes and projects;

5.7. alignment of the proposed scope of activities with the planned budget and providing for rational use of funds;

5.8. qualifications of staff;

5.9. suitability of the organisation of the center for successful execution of tasks;

5.10. infrastructure group and the cost of material, goods and services, and depreciation and amortisation;

6. The quality of the provided support shall be assessed by the following indicators:

6.1. main results and achievement of objectives of the infrastructure programme;

6.2. significance of the infrastructure as a support to research and other users;

6.3. research and infrastructure equipment and other infrastructure with the capacity utilisation level, technological complexity and contribution to utilisation of infrastructure of the RI;

6.4. cooperation with the users, other infrastructure programmes and infrastructure networks in Slovenia;

6.5. significance of the infrastructure programme as a support to participation in international infrastructure projects.

7. The relevance of the support shall be assessed by the following indicators:

7.1. accessibility;

7.2. frequency of use;

7.3. continuity of orders.

8. The quality of the application regarding support shall be assessed by the following indicators:

8.1. significance of the infrastructure as a support to research and other users;

8.2. research and infrastructure equipment and other infrastructure with the capacity utilisation level, technological complexity and contribution to utilisation of infrastructure of the RI;

8.3. cooperation with the users, other infrastructure programmes and infrastructure networks in Slovenia;

8.4. significance of the infrastructure programme as a support to participation in international infrastructure projects;

8.5. quality of the action and development plan of the centre;

8.6. quality and significance of the subscribed international science literature and databases;

8.7. approved period of financing of the research or infrastructure programme;

8.8. purchase amount for the equipment.

(2) Individual criteria may be set as exclusion criteria by the methodology or the Invitation.

Article 35

(Quantitative assessments)

(1) Quantitative assessments measure the following indicators specified in the previous article herein:

1.1. Sicris (COBISS) score (score A1);

1.2. norm number of pure citations from the Sicris system (Web of Science – Wos) (score A2);

1.3. above-average scientific excellence (A', A" and A4);

1.3.1. high-quality achievements (A');

1.3.2. exceptional achievements (A");

1.3.3. exceptional achievements in scientific excellence (score A4) and

2.1. funds of other users (score A3).

(2) The quantitative assessment A1 shall be determined on the basis of the score in the Sicris (COBISS) database for published research in a five-year period and the period until conclusion of the public invitation in the current year by applying the formula A1 = Z1 + del (Z2 + S); where the score of work (Z2 + S) is taken in the scope so that A1 is less or equal to A1 = Z1 / 0.85. Elements of the equation Z1, Z2 and S are defined in Annex 1 hereto.

(3) The method of quantitative assessment (scoring) is specified in Annex 2 hereto. In the case of absence of the researcher due to parental leave, documented sick leave or employment outside research in the duration of at least six months, the calculation of A1 shall take into account an appropriately extended period.

(4) Scientific and expert work (bibliographical units) being assessed shall be catalogued in the COBISS.SI system. The verification of appropriate classification of bibliographical units being used in assessment of scientific excellence under the applicable typology of documents or papers for keeping bibliography in the COBISS system shall be performed by central specialised information centres by field (hereinafter: the CSITC).

(5) Science and expert papers shall be scored. A score shall be given to scientific excellence and successful transfer and application of knowledge (hereinafter: the Expert Performance). The number of points shall be divided with the number of authors of a paper if their number is equal to or less than ten. If there are more than ten authors, the score will be divided by the expression 10*log10N where N is the number of authors (e.g. 10*log10N has the value of 10 with ten authors, 20 with a hundred authors and 30 with a thousand authors). The score of the Expert Excellence is not used independently but only as a supplement to the score of scientific excellence.

(6) The quantitative assessment A2 is set on the basis of the norm number of pure citations in the last 10 years (until the date of conclusion of the Invitation from the SICRIS system (Web of Science – WoS) where citations of papers for which the WoS has a full bibliographical record are taken into account). Papers cited in the period can be published earlier.

(7) Citations have a norm equalling the number of citations of the published work divided by the mean influence factor (IF) of the ISI segment in which the science paper has been published.

(8) For papers published in magazines indexed by SSCI and A&HCI, the number of citations receives an additional norm because of a smaller number of authors, namely by multiplying them by four (the mean number of Slovenian authors in SCI is four and the mean number of Slovenian authors in SSCI and A&HCI is two).

(9) The quantitative assessment A3 is determined with regard to funds of other users for a five-year period. The last year taken into account is the one before publication of the Invitation.

(10) The quantitative assessment A4 is set on the basis of the norm pure citations and science papers in the last 10 years (until the date of conclusion of the Invitation from the SICRIS system (WoS and COBISS) where citations of papers for which the WoS has a full bibliographical record are taken into account) and scores A' and A". Papers cited in the period can be published earlier. The formula for calculation is specified in the methodology.

(11) The funds have a norm with regard to the source:

  • Factor 1.5: project for businesses – GOSP;
  • Factor 1: European projects – EU and other international projects – MED;
  • Factor 0.5: projects for ministries or other bodies of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia – MIN and other – DRUGO.

Funds for excellence centres and competence centres are excluded.

(12) For researchers who are less than 80% employed in research, the score A3 uses a normalisation factor: total funds are multiplied by 1.5, which accounts for teaching.

(13) The project managers for funds taken into account in score A3 specify the share (%) of participating members of the project team for an individual project. The share of project team members for a project is set once for the entire project duration.

(14) The maximum score for a quantitative assessment is presented in Table C.

Table C: score for a quantitative assessment

Quantitative assessment type Source Maximum score
A1 - Sicris score Sicris (COBISS) 5
A2 - norm number of pure citations Sicris (Web of Science) 10
A3 - funds of other users Agency 10
A4 – exceptional achievements in scientific excellence Sicris (COBISS, WoS) 2

(15) The Agency obtains and calculates quantitative assessments for individual assessment elements and for individual scientific fields. The Agency will use data entered in the SICRIS (COBISS) database and the latest publicly available version of the ERIH database as at the date of conclusion of the Invitation to calculate quantitative assessments.

(16) The data for calculation of score A3 will be obtained directly from the RI for those researchers who were members of programme groups. The RI shall enter data in the form and guarantee data accuracy by signature of competent persons. The Agency will obtain data upon the Invitation for the researchers not being members of a programme group.

(17) Unless the invitation specifies otherwise, the Agency will assess researchers in the field and segment that the applicant stated in the application.

Article 36

(Limit value A1, A2, A3, A4)

(1) The score for all four indicators A1, A2, A3 in A4 is set below the limit value in a linear manner between 0 and 2 or 5 and 10. The limit values are set in the methodology.

(2) Researchers with the value of A1 exceeding the limit value receive score 5, researchers with the value of A2 and A3 exceeding the limit value receive score 10 and researchers with the value of A4 exceeding the limit value receive score 2.

(3) The limit values A1limit, A2limit, A3limit and A4limit have been set close to the highest values of Slovenian researchers.

Article 37

(Above-average scientific excellence)

(1) Quantitative assessment A" (exceptional achievements in the assessment period of five years) means Sicris score stemming from the following assessment elements:

  • publication of a monograph by an international science publishing house from the Agency’s list, a science monograph published by a foreign publishing house or a domestic publishing house if in the field of humanities (by UDC area) and the assessment is made for humanities. The quantitative evaluation is described in Annex II of the Rules;
  • a paper in the first or second magazine of the SCI field;
  • a paper in a magazine with IF three times higher than the lower limit of the upper quarter of magazines of the SCI field (roughly the highest 5%);
  • a patent, variety or breed;
  • a paper in the upper quarter of SSCI magazines and category A of ERIH or A&HCI.

(2) Quantitative assessment A’ (high-quality achievements in the assessment period of five years) means Sicris score stemming from the following assessment elements:

  • a paper in the upper quarter of magazines of the SCI field;
  • a paper in the first, second or third quarter of SSCI magazines and categories A and B of ERIH or A&HCI;
  • a patent, variety or breed;
  • publication of a monograph by an international science publishing house from the Agency’s list, a science monograph published by a foreign publishing house or a domestic publishing house if in the field of humanities (by UDC area) and the assessment is made for humanities. The quantitative evaluation is described in Annex II of the Rules.

(3) The Agency shall set the method of accounting for above-average scientific excellence (A', A") for each Invitation within the methodology.

Article 38

(Five most important achievements)

(1) The applicant shall state in the application up to five exceptional achievements in the scientific and up to five exceptional achievements in the expert field.

(2) Exceptional achievements for example include: above-average citations in the scientific field in line with the ISI methodology, citations outside ISI, publications which the author believes the scoring inappropriately evaluated (e.g. participation at a very important congress, publication in Science and Nature magazine etc.), work on a nationally important science corps or collection, important publications with a greater number of authors and groups (the author’s share), awards, medals, editorial posts, successful transfer and use of knowledge, sale of patents etc. Assessment of exceptional achievements shall have an appropriate weight in the assessment compared to the quantitative assessment of bibliographical indicators of scientific and expert excellence.

(3) The Agency will publish in the SICRIS system data on the researcher stated by the applicant in the application and relating to his or her exceptional scientific achievements, socioeconomic and culturally relevant results and important substantive elements.

(4) The applicant can state in exceptional research achievements in the application any bibliographical units with a bigger number of citations with no full bibliographical record in the WoS.

Article 39

(Application of quantitative yardsticks)

(1) Quantitative data are used individually for a five-year period or in proving citations for a ten-year period and may be used for a one-year period if groups are assessed. Scoring of scientific excellence shall take into account the differences in the manner of publication between fields shown by publications in natural sciences, technical sciences, biotechnology and medicine having the biggest impact in top quality international science magazines while publications in social sciences have it in science monographs and science magazines and publications in humanities in other types of science publications as well. The nature of science publications, which is in many elements closely linked to expert work, shall be taken into account as well.

(2) Scientific excellence is measured by the following elements:

  • science papers;
  • science monographs and other documented achievements;
  • independent science papers or chapters in a monograph; and
  • scientific contributions at conferences published in reviewed collections of science papers.

(3) Expert excellence is measured by the following elements:

  • papers and other sections;
  • monographs and other comprehensive work;
  • events; and
  • secondary authorship.

(4) Valuation of individual elements of scientific and expert excellence is set in Annex 1 enclosed hereto and a part hereof.

(5) Due to the reasons stated in the first paragraph hereunder, the total score of research excellence (hereinafter: the Total Score ) will be calculated by taking into account for all fields the contributions referred to in the second paragraph hereunder, set in greater detail in Annex 1 hereto: 1. A (science paper in a magazine indexed by SCI Expanded and SSCI, with the impact factor); 1. B (science paper in a category A magazine of the European humanities index ERIH (the latest draft version taken into account) and a magazine indexed by A&HCI, and science paper in a category B magazine of the European humanities index ERIH (the latest draft version taken into account); 2. A (science monograph with more than 50 pages); 2. E (patent, variety or breed); 2. F (editor of a magazine under 1. A and 1. B (editor-in-chief, responsible editor, editor-in-chief and responsible editor, chair of an editorial committee) or a monograph); 3. A (extensive science paper or chapter (more than 50 pages) in a science monograph); and 3. B (independent science paper or chapter in a science monograph).

(6) The relevant score for the fields is calculated in the following manner:

  • natural sciences, medicine and biotechnology: the score consists of the Total Score and the remaining score of scientific excellence but only to the extent that the sum of the remaining points does not exceed 15% of the score taken into account.
  • For technical sciences: the score consists of the Total Score and the remaining score of scientific excellence but only to the extent that the sum of the remaining points does not exceed 15% of the score taken into account.
  • For social sciences: the score consists of the Total Score in category 1. C, if the magazine is published in a world language (English, French, German, Russian and Spanish), the score in category 2. B, the score in category 3. C, if the monograph was published by a foreign publishing house, and the remaining score of scientific excellence but only to the extent that the sum of the remaining points does not exceed 15% of the score taken into account.
  • For humanities: the score consists of the Total Score of scientific excellence. The score of expert excellence will be added to that score but only to the extent that the sum does not exceed 15% of the score taken into account.
  • interdisciplinary research: the score consists of the Total Score of scientific excellence. The score of expert excellence will be added to that score but only to the extent that the sum does not exceed 15% of the score taken into account. Interdisciplinary research shall be specified in each invitation separately.

Article 40

(Reviewers’ assessment)

The manner of application assessments made by reviewers is set in the sections herein which regulate in greater detail individual application types.

D. Contract

Article 41

(Concluding the contract)

The Agency and the applicant shall conclude a contract on implementation and (co)financing for implementation of the subject matter of the Invitation accepted for (co)financing. The contract shall be signed within three months following the decision of the Director referred to in Article 25, unless specified otherwise herein.

Article 42

(Signing of the contract)

(1) The Agency shall prepare the contract on implementation and (co)financing of research and submit it to the applicant (hereinafter: the Other Party) for signature.

(2) The Other parties shall return signed contracts with filled in contractual documentation forms by the deadline set by the Agency.

Article 43

(Deficiencies in contractual documents)

(1) If the Official determines that any of the contractual documents need supplementing, (s)he shall inform the Other Party on deficiencies in contractual documents and call upon the Other Party to supplement them.

(2) If the Other Party fails to respond within the deadline set for supplementing the contractual documents, which is not less than 14 days from receiving the call, it shall be deemed that the application for funding has been withdrawn.

Article 44

(Contractual elements)

(1) Compulsory contractual elements shall include:

  1. names and addresses, identification and tax numbers and bank account numbers of the Agency and the Other Party;
  2. the purpose of the fund grant;
  3. the amount of the fund grant;
  4. the payment schedule of the fund grant;
  5. the method of supervision over purpose use of funds, e.g.
  • the Agency’s right to inspect purpose use of funds at any time;
  • progress reports and reports on the results from the fund grant, in accordance herewith;
  • the Agency’s obligation to monitor and supervise contract implementation and purpose use of funds;
  • a provision that the Other Party shall in the case of non-purpose use of funds reimburse the funds to the budget inclusive of legal default interest;
  • a provision that the Other Party shall substantiate and explain any extension of the period of expenditure of funds with regard to the payment schedule;
  1. a provision concerning intellectual property rights;
  2. any other matter stemming from the Agency's secondary legislation concerning contract contents.

(2) The Director shall specify in the contract the employee of the Agency who will act as the contract manager.

Article 45

(Data authenticity)

The Other Parties shall guarantee authenticity of data in the contract and the contractual documents.

E. Monitoring of research implementation

Article 46

(Monitoring and supervision)

(1) The Agency shall together with the Expert Bodies monitor and supervise research implementation in a manner and by the procedure laid down herein and the contract on (co)financing.

(2) Monitoring and supervision shall be performed foremost by periodic and final reports or final reports on the work, and reports on expenditure, in accordance herewith. The Agency may supervise research implementation by on-site visits at research implementers. The Agency may appoint certified auditors to supervise research implementers on site to inspect expenditure on behalf of the Agency.

Article 47

(Reports)

(1) The Head of Research and the competent person of the Other Party shall be responsible for reporting on implementation and (co)financing of research in accordance with the contract. Heads of research projects and programmes not submitting the required reports within the set deadlines shall be ineligible to participate at the next invitation or call.

(2) Periodic reports (progress reports and annual reports) and the final report on the work concerning research shall include a substantive report and evidence on meeting of contractual obligations.

(3) Contents of reports is specified in greater detail in subsequent sections herein.

Article 48

(Financial report)

The Other Parties shall submit separately a financial report for each year of research implementation, which shall contain an overview of expenditure in accordance with the regulations and the cost of research.

Article 49

(Signing reports)

(1) The substantive report shall be signed by the competent person of the Other Party and the Head of Research. The financial report shall be signed by the competent person of the Other Party and the responsible accountant.

(2) The reports shall be submitted electronically. The reports may only be submitted in electronic form if signed with a qualified digital certificate by the Head of Research and the competent person of the Other Party. The reports not signed with a qualified digital certificate shall be signed and submitted in printed form as well.

(3) Financial reports in electronic form shall be signed with a qualified digital certificate by the competent person of the Other Party and the responsible accountant.

(4) The financial report shall be submitted at the same as submitting of the annual and the final report under Article 47 herein, or separately, if so decreed by the Agency.

Article 50

(Suspension of financing)

The Other Party shall inform the Agency within the contractually set deadline on all circumstances affecting performing of research. If the Official finds that the altered circumstances prevent further unhindered progress of research, (s)he will propose to the Director to suspend financing of the research.

Article 51

(Termination of research implementation)

(1) If it is found the research would not be successfully completed due to objective circumstances, the research implementation shall be discontinued and the Other Party shall be under no obligation to repay the already remitted funds.

(2) If it is found that the research would not be successfully completed due to default on contractual obligations by the Other Party, the Agency shall terminate the contract and require repayment of all remitted funds inclusive of legal default interest, unless specified otherwise herein.

(3) If it is found during the research implementation that the funds were not used for the earmarked purpose in accordance with the regulations, or used in its entirety and the unused portion has not been allocated in accordance with the Regulation governing the norms and standards for allocating resources for the implementation of research and innovation strategy of Slovenia (hereinafter: the Regulation), the Agency shall reduce cofinancing for the same amount.

(4) If it is found after its conclusion that the funds were not used for the earmarked purpose in accordance with the regulations, or used in its entirety and the unused portion has not been allocated in accordance with the Regulation, the Agency shall require repayment of the respective funds inclusive of legal default interest.

F. Informing the public and the users

Article 52

(Publicity plan)

The Agency shall inform the public and the users on the financed research on its website, internal bulletins, the media and at public panels and conferences organised by the Agency.

Article 53

(Online publication of the Agency’s data on financing)

The Agency publishes on its website all data on financing of scientific research (online White Paper). The data are classified by programme contents, scientific field, research implementer (RI and private researchers), research implementers type (public, higher education, business, private non-profit, foreign and other) and the Head of Research, being recipients of public funding based on the Invitations. The online data on financing of research are updated at least monthly.

Article 54

(Online publication of research results and the funds grant)

(1) The researchers shall provide for prompt entry of data on bibliographical results in the publicly accessible COBISS bibliographical system. The Agency shall together with the researchers provide for prompt entry of data in the publicly accessible Sicris scientific presentation system, which among other things includes scientifically relevant achievements and socioeconomically relevant achievements of research implementers, research teams, research projects and researchers, and the links to international indexes (ISI, CSA etc.) and databases, including those enabling access to full text of research results.

(2) COBISS.SI (Cooperative Online Bibliographical System and Services) represents the organisational model of linking libraries into a librarian IT system with common cataloguing, common bibliographical catalogue database COBIB and local databases of the participating libraries, database on libraries COLIB, norm database CONOR and a number of other functions. An application of COBISS is the web application Bibliographies of Researchers enabling preparation of personal bibliographies of researchers, if the bibliographical records in the COBIB database contain in addition to the regular bibliographical data also the author’s identification code (researcher’s code) and the marking for the bibliographical unit type in accordance with the applicable typology of documents/papers for keeping bibliographies in the COBISS system. It is a centralised system of bibliographies of Slovenian researchers. COBISS presents all bibliographical units of all Slovenian researchers in a standardised manner.

(3) Sicris is an IT system on research in Slovenia including databases on the RI, research teams, researchers, research programmes and research projects. The Sicris system is integrated in the European IT system for research called euroCRIS.

(4) Digital library is the point of entry for access to electronic information sources. It is a collection of different systems and sources linked via a network, mutually integrated and intended for specific purposes and users. It enables use of decentralised electronic information sources with hardware, software and communications equipment with no time and spatial limitations.

(5) The online financing report enables viewing the granted funds. It is an IT tool enabling viewing current financing of research by the Agency. Online access to data on financial transactions enables researchers and other interested parties viewing financial transactions with the RI and researchers. The system/tool enables search by various parameters (RI, project and researcher).

Article 55

(Publication of research results by the implementer)

The implementer (RI) shall when publishing results of the work as well as in any other form of public presentation state that the research results were achieved within the tasks (co)financed from the national budget under contracts concluded with the Agency and upon the Agency’s request participate in informing of the public organised by the Agency.

G. Peculiarities of individual invitations and calls

I. Research and infrastructure programmes

Article 56

(Public service)

The Agency finances public service in research from the national budget in line with the contracts concluded with the PRI or the CRI. The PRI or the CRI provide public service in research in the form of research programmes of programming groups and in the form of infrastructure programmes of infrastructure groups.

Article 57

(Programming group composition)

(1) Research programmes are implemented by programming groups in the PRI, namely public research institutes, universities established by the Republic of Slovenia and independent higher education institutions established by the Republic of Slovenia (public research institutions – PRI), and the concession research institutions (CRI).

(2) Programming groups consist of researchers and technical assistants. Researchers and technical assistants shall be employees of the PRI or the CRI implementing the research programme. The number and the share of technical assistants participating in implementation of a research programme shall be in accordance with the regulation setting the norms and standards determining the budget and means earmarked for research. Programming groups also include young researchers and managers of postdoctoral projects financed from other sources. Programming groups are led by managers, who can only manage one group at a time.

(3) Programming groups consist of the programming group manager, at least three researchers with a doctoral degree and expert and technical assistants from one or several PRI or CRI. If the programme is implemented at several PRI or CRI, each PRI or CRI shall have at least one researcher with a doctoral degree in their respective programming group.

(4) Researchers shall have a doctoral degree, proven R&D results in the last five years and titles in accordance with the applicable regulations. Members of a programming group can be included in only one research programme.

(5) The minimum score to be achieved by programming group managers based on quantitative assessments in line with Article 35 herein is set in the methodology.

Article 58

(Infrastructure group composition)

(1) Each PRI or CRI may have only one infrastructure programme, which must be structurally (in terms of organisation, activities and human resources) and financially divided if implemented in more than one organisational unit, PRI or CRI. In such a case, the structure shall be defined in the contract on co-financing and may be changed subject to a proposal of the PRI or the CRI.

(2) Infrastructure programmes are implemented by infrastructure groups consisting of expert and technical assistants and researchers from the PRI or the CRI.

(3) Members of infrastructure groups can have workload of 0.5 or 1 full time equivalent (hereinafter: the Annual FTE

Article 59

(Changes in composition of teams implementing research or infrastructure programmes)

(1) The applicant may change, increase or reduce the team's composition during the implementation of a research or infrastructure programme with the co-financing staying the same. An explanation of the change shall be provided in the annual report.

(2) The applicant may propose a change of the research programme manager in the case of termination of employment, retirement or passing away. The SCA shall decide on the replacement.

(3) Replacement of the infrastructure programme manager shall be carried out by the Agency based on a proposal of the applicant.

(4) The Director shall decide upon a proposal of the SCA on replacement of the infrastructure programme manager for other reasons substantiated in writing.

Article 60

(Responsibilities and powers of the programming group manager and the infrastructure group manager)

The programming group manager and the infrastructure group manager is responsible in cooperation with the competent person of the PRI or the CRI and the expert body of the PRI for substantive preparation and implementation of the research and infrastructure programme. The programming group manager and the infrastructure group manager is also responsible and competent for:

  • management, organisation and coordination of work;
  • assigning researchers, and expert and technical assistants to individual tasks;
  • meeting the objectives;
  • purpose and economic use of funds, as laid down by the regulation setting the norms and standards determining the amount and means for research;
  • preparation of the annual report, the report made one year before expiry of the contract and the final report.

Article 61

(Eligibility for financing)

The PRI or the CRI shall prove eligibility for budget financing of research and infrastructure programmes with regard to the actual and purpose use of funds, in accordance with the regulation setting the norms and standards for research.

Article 62

(Scope of financing)

(1) The scope of financing of a programming or infrastructure group depends on the contents of the research or infrastructure programme and the number of researchers and expert and technical assistants.

(2) The basis for calculation of the scope of financing of a programme or infrastructure group is laid down by the regulation setting the norms and standards determining the amount and means for research.

(3) The minimum scope of financing of a programming group operating solely at a public research institute is set at 3 FTE of category A. The minimum scope of financing of a programming group in other PRI or CRI is set at 1.5 FTE of category A. The minimum scope of financing of an infrastructure group is 1 salary portion of FTE.

(4) The scope of financing of an infrastructure group is set in the salary portion of FTE for the entire period of the infrastructure programme and the scope of financing of direct costs of material and the cost of services and depreciation and amortisation is set at the annual level based on the submitted annual budget plans of the PRI or the CRI. The Agency may, on the basis of a reasonable proposal by the RO, allocate a part of the funds earmarked for the material costs of the infrastructure program to the salary part during the period pending the completion of the entire funding period.

(5) Payment of the salary portion of FTE is related to employment of researchers and expert and technical assistants at the PRI or the CRI.

Article 63

(Additional annual financing of international cooperation)

(1) A programming group can be additionally co-financed if it proves participation in projects of framework programmes of the European Union (hereinafter: the EU FP) in the amount of up to 15% of the EU FP projects amount. Programming groups who included in a running EU FP project a business enterprise from the Republic of Slovenia as a participating partner shall have additional funding raised by further 10%.

(2) The annual amount shall be set based on evidence submitted to the Agency by the PRI or the CRI implementing the research programme, subject to a call by the Agency, where the annualised amount of funds approved in the running EU FP projects shall be taken into account. A programming group shall use the funds referred to in the previous paragraph hereunder to finance costs of goods and services and depreciation and amortisation incurred in implementation of the relevant research programme.

(3) Programming groups supplement their action plans based on the fund increase.

(4) An infrastructure group can be further cofinanced if funds are provided through an international research infrastructure funding.

Article 64

(Call)

(1) The procedure for assessment of research and infrastructure programmes shall begin in the year before expiry of financing by a decision to issue a call to the PRI and the CRI. The decision to issue a call shall be taken by the Director.

(2) The decision referred to in the previous paragraph hereunder shall specify that the Agency call the PRI and the CRI to submit applications to the call within 30 days, enclosed with the required documents and evidence.

Article 65

(Contents of the call)

Contents of the call to the PRI and the CRI shall be in accordance with Article 12 herein, except for Item 9 thereunder.

Article 66

(Call documents)

(1) The PRI or the CRI (hereinafter: the Applicant) may enter the call by an application, in accordance with the call documents.

(2) The data shall be submitted on forms of the call documentation set by the Agency, enclosed with the required evidence.

(3) The Agency shall enable to the Applicants access to forms of the call documents during the call and forward forms of the call documents upon request.

(4) The call documents shall specify all information and data enabling the Applicant to submit a complete application.

(5) The forms and instructions shall be publicly available on the Agency’s website.

Article 67

(Procedure)

(1) The SCA shall establish a working body (with members from all RI with such programmes) for each field where at least one research programme is due for completion in the following year. Programme managers cannot be members of working bodies.

(2) The Agency shall prepare application material, quantitative data on the work of the programming group and the assessment form for members of working bodies for each programme due for completion in the following year. Quantitative data on the work of the programming group shall be prepared for the programmes from the same field which are not due for completion in the following year.

(3) Results of members applying for a research programme shall be assessed for new programmes.

(4) The result of discussion at the working body is draft priority list of applications for research and infrastructure programmes.

(5) The proposal is discussed by the competent science council (hereinafter: CSC) giving a recommendation to the SCA.

(6) The SCA discusses draft priority lists of applications and recommendations of the CSC.

(7) The SCA adopts the list of research programmes recommended for new or continued financing and sets the period based on the assessment of the research programme, and adopts the list of rejected research programmes. The period of new research programmes is three years, and their scope is 1.5 FTE of category A. The period of infrastructure programmes is six years.

(8) The total financing of the RI within all programmes run by it as a rule stays the same.

Article 68

(Research programmes assessment elements)

(1) Members of the working body use the criteria specified in Table G.I.1 for the assessments.

Table G. I.1: Criteria for assessment of submitted research programmes and the maximum score by criterion

No. of criterion under Art. 33 Criterion Max. score
1 Research excellence of a researcher or a group of researchers 5
2 Socioeconomic or cultural relevance of research results of a researcher or a group of researchers 5
3 R&D quality of the application 5
4 Relevance and potential impact of the application 5
5 Feasibility of the proposal 5
  Total 25

(2) The following indicators are used for assessments under the criterion Research excellence of a researcher or a group of researchers:

1.3. above-average scientific excellence (A', A" and A4);

1.4. exceptional achievements in publications;

1.5. exceptional achievements in citations;

1.6. status excellence;

1.8. participation in international projects or parts of international projects (not bilateral ones co-financed by the Agency).

(3) The following indicators are used for assessments under the criterion Socioeconomic or cultural relevance of research results of a researcher or a group of researchers:

2.3. proven mentorship in graduation, master’s and doctoral theses;

2.10. indirect importance to the society (promotion of the country, inclusion in the international labour division, education of human resources etc.);

2.11. implementation of research programme objectives;

2.12. flow of young researchers;

2.13. hosting researchers;

2.14. inclusion of corporate researchers/experts.

(4) The following indicators are used for assessments under the criterion R&D quality of the application:

3.1. scientific significance of the topic;

3.2. current nature of the initial hypothesis and methodological adequacy or design of research;

3.3. clear idea and quality of objectives;

3.4. original (new) expected results.

(5) The following indicators are used for assessments under the criterion Relevance and potential impact of the application:

4.1. direct significance for businesses and publicly-provided services (a company, industry, several industries, social infrastructure, civil service, incorporation of new enterprises, cultural development and preservation of national identity, protection of natural and cultural heritage etc.);

4.8. significance for development of research (sub)segments in short supply;

4.16. potential impacts and effects of results.

(6) The following indicators are used for assessments under the criterion Feasibility of the proposal:

5.1. qualifications of the head (proven by completed projects and mentorships);

5.2. adequacy of the action plan;

5.3. adequacy of the project’s feasibility, scope and duration;

5.4. adequacy of composition of the team (inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional nature);

5.5. availability of premises and equipment;

5.6. inclusion in programmes and projects.

(7) Based on the score by criterion, the joint expert body determines the total score of a research programme.  The score of a research programme may be the average score of reviewers, the highest score or the lowest score. The rounded value of one of the options is also the period of financing.

Cutting-edge programme 6-year financing
High-quality programme 5-year financing
Quality programme 4-year financing
Low-quality programme 3-year financing
Very low-quality programme Abolishment – rejection

Article 69

(Infrastructure programmes assessment elements)

(1) Members of the expert body use the criteria specified in Table G.I.2 for the assessments.

Table G.I.2: Criteria for assessment of submitted infrastructure programmes and the maximum score by criterion

No. of criterion
under Art. 33
Criterion Max. score
6 Quality of the support 25
8 Quality of the application regarding support 20
5 Feasibility of the proposal 5
  Total 50

(2) The following indicators are used for assessments under the criterion Quality of the support:

6.1. main results and achievement of objectives of the infrastructure programme;

6.2. significance of the infrastructure as a support to research and other users;

6.3. research and infrastructure equipment and other infrastructure with the capacity utilisation level, technological complexity and contribution to utilisation of infrastructure of the RI;

6.4. cooperation with the users, other infrastructure programmes and infrastructure networks in Slovenia;

6.5. significance of the infrastructure programme as a support to participation in international infrastructure projects.

(3) The following indicators are used for assessments under the criterion Quality of the application regarding support:

8.1. significance of the infrastructure as a support to research and other users;

8.2. research and infrastructure equipment and other infrastructure with the capacity utilisation level, technological complexity and contribution to utilisation of infrastructure of the RI;

8.3. cooperation with the users, other infrastructure programmes and infrastructure networks in Slovenia;

8.4. significance of the infrastructure programme as a support to participation in international infrastructure projects.

(4) The following indicators are used for assessments under the criterion Feasibility of the proposal:

5.10. infrastructure group and the cost of material, goods and services, and depreciation and amortisation;

(5) Based on the score by criterion, the expert body determines the total score for an infrastructure programme.

Cutting-edge programme 3
Quality programme 2
Low-quality programme 1

Article 70

(Granting concession)

The Agency submits the research programmes or parts thereof, for which concession was put forward, for adoption to the minister of science who issues the decision on granting a concession.

Article 71

(Monitoring and supervision)

(1) The Agency supervises research and infrastructure programmes in accordance with the applicable legislation and hereof.

(2) The Agency together with the CSC monitor and supervise implementation of research and infrastructure programmes at all stages of their course, based on annual and final reports on the work and reports on expenditure. The Agency may supervise programme implementation by on-site visits at implementers of research and infrastructure programmes. The Agency may appoint certified auditors to supervise research implementers on site to inspect expenditure on behalf of the Agency.

(3) The PRI or the CRI shall submit reports on forms prescribed by the Director.

(4) The annual reports of research and infrastructure programmes are discussed by the CSC based on the methodology for annual monitoring of implementation of research and infrastructure programmes adopted by the Agency in accordance with the criteria and indicators specified herein.

(5) If the CSC gives a negative assessment to the annual report on the research or infrastructure programme, such assessment shall be substantiated. The Agency shall inform the PRI or the CRI and the programme manager thereof. If the CSC in the next year again gives a negative assessment to the annual report on the research or infrastructure programme, then a proposal on reducing or terminating financing shall be given at the same time. The SCA shall discuss and the Director adopt at the SCA's proposal any proposal to reduce or terminate financing.

(6) If the SCA positively assesses the annual report of the research program it can also propose to extend the funding period by one year. Such extended research programs may last up to six years, leaving unchanged the volume of financing. The decision on the extension can be related to a particular program or set of programs. The extension of the funding period by one year is treated by the SCA. The decision to extend the program is taken by the Director based on a proposal by the SCA.

Article 72

(Workload of researchers)

The Agency shall within the report referred to in the previous article herein or after a call in writing obtain from the competent person of the PRI or the CRI the balance and report on financial engagement and payment load of individual researchers and expert & technical assistants related to the national budget within the programming and infrastructure group for the current and the following year.

Article 73

(Use of infrastructure)

(1) The PRI or the CRI shall offer the capacity (research equipment with value over € 50,000) and services of the infrastructure group, co-financed as public service provided by the PRI or the CRI, by most favoured treatment to all interested RI and PRI in cases where such capacity and services are needed for research programmes or projects (co)financed from the national budget.

(2) The PRI and the CRI shall have publicly available tariffs for use of the capacity of infrastructure groups.

Article 74

(Establishing, abolishing and changing programmes)

(1) In line with the budget, the Agency may call upon the PRI every year to propose new research and infrastructure programmes or change (increase or reduce) the existing research and infrastructure programmes. An assessment procedure in accordance herewith shall be carried out for that purpose.

(2) The contents, procedure, preparation, evaluation and selection are laid down herein. Proposals of new programmes shall have a presented long-term significance to the Republic of Slovenia.

(3) The financing period of newly adopted infrastructure programmes within the cycle of financing of existing programmes shall be adapted to the cycle of financing of the existing infrastructure programmes with the appropriately shorter first period.

(4) The reasons for abolishing research and infrastructure programmes may be substantive, an interest in merger, etc.

II. Basic, applicative and postdoctoral research projects

Article 75

(Project types)

(1) The Agency publishes invitations for (co)financing of basic and applicative projects. The Agency may (co)finance the following research projects (hereinafter: the Projects):

  • postdoctoral projects for businesses;
  • postdoctoral projects (basic or applicative);
  • small projects (€ 100,000).  Applicants may enter projects in the amount of € 50,000. The number of such projects cannot exceed 10% for all fields combined (notably in clinical medicine, mathematics and social sciences);
  • big projects (€ 200,000). If the application is from the field specified in the previous indent hereunder, a big project will be in the amount of € 100,000.

(2) Each project (€ 100,000 and € 200,000) shall include the applicant and at least one participating research institution which will together perform at least 20% of the project value. The condition does not apply to the smallest projects (€ 50,000). If the project has been approved in the amount of € 50,000, the applicant may exclude or reduce the share of participating research institutions which must be stated upon application.

(3) Big projects may be:

  1. applicative, which must include:
  • at least three RI different by type (with regard to the status; a research institution, university or school of higher education and an enterprise);
  • they must prove co-financing.
  1. Basic, which must include:
  • at least two Slovenian RI different by type (with regard to the status; a research institution, or university or school of higher education);
  • include a foreign participating partner (with no financial obligations).

(4) A postdoctoral project may be basic or applicative research project or postdoctoral project for the business sector, carried out so that the researcher may after receiving a doctoral degree obtain additional R&D experience and knowledge, and enables additional training of researchers. The scope of a basic postdoctoral project is 1700 annual research hours (1 FTE) and the scope of an applicative postdoctoral project is 1275 annual research hours (0.75 FTE) of the price category B. The invitation may specify a lower scope of postdoctoral projects for applicants with teaching obligations.

(5) The project duration shall be set in the invitation. The invitation may specify that projects or a part thereof are implemented as mobility projects.

Article 76

(Project team composition)

(1) A project is implemented by the project team comprising the project manager, researchers and expert and technical assistants.

(2) A postdoctoral project is implemented by only one researcher – postdoctoral applicant – who defended his or her doctoral thesis less than three years ago. If a candidate for a postdoctoral project used parental leave, with one year taken into account per child, the period since defending of the doctoral thesis shall be extended beyond three years.

(3) The minimum score to be achieved by project team managers based on quantitative assessments in line with Article 35 herein is set in the methodology. The methodology or invitation may also lay down other invitation conditions based on the criteria in line with Article 34 herein to be met by project team managers as well as the manner of proving the meeting of such conditions.

(4) The project shall be implemented by the applicant and at least one participating research institution which will together perform at least 20% of the project value. The condition does not apply to the smallest projects (€ 50,000) and postdoctoral projects.

Article 77

(Changes in the project team composition)

(1) The applicant may change, increase or reduce the team's composition during the research project implementation with the (co)financing staying the same. An explanation of the change shall be given in the annual report or the final report if the change occurs in the last year of the research project.

(2) The applicant may propose a change of the project manager in the case of termination of employment, retirement, death or other reasons that are justified in writing. The Director shall decide on the replacement based on a proposal by the SCA. The new manager must meet the requirements for project managers in the moment of replacement.

(3) Any other changes are decided upon by the Director based on a proposal by the SCA.

Article 78

(Available research capacity)

The project manager and project team members shall have available capacity to implement the Projects (the maximum permitted full-time capacity is 1700 research hours annually or 1 FTE) and shall be employed as researchers in the research institution implementing the project or have the status of a private researcher. Both conditions shall be checked upon signing of the contract on implementation and financing of the research project (hereinafter: the Contract). The project manager shall have at least 170 research hours (0.1 FTE) available at the annual level upon signing of the Contract. Project team members (except young researchers, retired researchers and directors of public research institutes) shall have upon signing of the Contract at least 17 available research hours (0.01 FTE) at the annual level.

Article 79

(Financing)

(1) The Agency will finance basic projects up to 100% of eligible project costs.

(2) The Agency will finance applicative projects up to 75% of eligible project costs. Applicants of applicative projects shall provide cover for at least 25% eligible project costs by other interested users. The applicants entering applicative projects shall submit before signing the Contract with the Agency evidence on project co-financing (agreement) for the entire period of project implementation with regard to the research hour price in the beginning of financing.

(3) If an applicative project is entered by an enterprise, no evidence on project co-financing will be needed from other interested users, but the company's share of co-financing shall be planned upon the project application and recorded in a manner set by the Agency.

(4) In the case of a reduction in project co-financing by other interested users during the project implementation, co-financing by the Agency shall be decided by the Director upon proposal from the SCA.

Article 80

(Eligible project costs)

The basis for determining the amount needed for project implementation is laid down in the regulation setting the norms and standards for determining the amount needed for research, accounting for the restrictions specified in Article 79 herein.

Article 81

(Invitation conditions)

(1) The invitation may be entered by a legal entity or natural person listed in databases kept by the Agency (hereinafter: the RI Records) and meeting the conditions prescribed by the Research and Development Act and these Rules. A project manager may enter the invitation with only with project proposal.

(2) Only those researchers being managers of not more than one research project in one year after conclusion of the invitation (with target research programmes (TRP) and projects from Article 135 excluded) can enter the invitation as project managers.

(3) A researcher who has already carried out a postdoctoral project cannot enter any other postdoctoral research project.

Article 82

(Application selection procedure)

(1) The application selection procedure has two stages. A short application shall be submitted in the first stage. The SCA may based on quantitative assessments of researchers referred to in Article 35 herein directly invite the best applicants via a pre-selection to participate in the second stage of the selection.

(2) The applicants invited to participate in the second stage provide only the administrative data in the first-stage application.

Article 83

(Reviewers and panels)

(1) The reviewing process is managed by the expert body in charge of project assessment. The expert body has the function of the reporting entity during the entire assessment stage, where it performs the following tasks:

  • examining assessments of reviewers for any inconsistencies in assessments and substantiations with regard to the methodology;
  • reporting to the panel on assessments of the reviewers by project.

(2) The reviewers shall assess every application in the first stage, except the applications referred to in Article 85 herein, as well as the applications in the second stage.

(3) The panel consists of the working body members and foreign reviewers who are at least the same number as members of the working body. The Director shall appoint the panel members from reviewers as proposed by the expert body. Observer at the panel is a representative of the relevant CSC who is appointed by members of that council.

Article 84

(Selection of reviewers and the assessment procedure)

(1) The panel shall take into account when appointing reviewers that only the following reviewers can assess exceptional socioeconomic and culturally relevant achievements in a field:

  • natural sciences, technology and biotechnology – reviewers working in a business;
  • social sciences – reviewers from professional users;
  • medical science – reviewers who are medical experts;
  • humanities – reviewers from research or humanities experts;
  • reviewers for an interdisciplinary field are considered with regard to the contents of the application.

(2) An expert reviewer shall have a doctoral degree for all fields except technology and social sciences.

(3) Appointment of reviewers takes into account even distribution and balance between reviewers from individual scientific fields given the specifics of research within scientific fields.

(4) Every application in the first stage, except the applications referred to in Article 85 herein, shall be assessed by at least two foreign reviewers. After the obtained reviewers’ assessment, the Official calculates the average score used in the final calculation.

(5) The reviewers assess individual assessment elements by filling in the assessment sheet forms containing numerical scores by individual element (indicator). The expert body divides applications for assessment into groups of 5-20 applications. Applications in individual groups are close with regard to the project proposal's contents (field or several smaller fields together).

(6) The expert body must take into account in appointment of reviewers for interdisciplinary sciences that the reviewers cover the main segments of the interdisciplinary science related to the project’s contents specified in the first-stage application.

Article 85

(Pre-selection)

(1) The SCA based on an analysis of the five-year production of Slovenian researchers by research field (particle physics subfield is taken into account separately in physics) and accounting for the available funds for research fields, determines researchers who can automatically enter the second round of assessment. Those researchers are informed on the possibility of automatic entry in the second round of assessment upon publication of the invitation and if they send an application to the invitation, they will only enter the project’s title and fill in administrative data on their application form for the first stage. If they do not submit an application until conclusion of the invitation, they cannot enter the second stage of the assessment. The SCA selects researchers based on the classification by order of the sum of quantitative assessments referred to in Article 35 herein in the list within a field. The score calculation method is set in the methodology. All selected researchers must have scores in category A' and the total score based on quantitative assessments under Article 35 herein at least equal to the condition for applying a basic project.  The number of thus selected researchers roughly equals 50% of the number of those entering the second stage.

(2) The possibility of automatic entry in the second stage specified in the previous paragraph hereunder only applies to applications in the field in which the researcher has been selected based on an analysis of the five-year production. If the researcher applies a project in a different field, the first-stage application shall be submitted as by other researchers.

(3) Interdisciplinary research and postdoctoral projects have no pre-selection.

Article 86

(Selection through the Invitation)

(1) The Invitation will determine the types of projects that are eligible for entry. The first-stage application shall state which type of project under Article 75 herein is entered.

(2) Based on assessments of short applications (first-stage application), the panel separately for each science and field and for the interdisciplinary field by a majority decision forms the proposal for a decision on classification of entries of research projects in the second stage of selection whereby it takes into account the capacity of fields (quantity of completed projects and the number of submitted projects). The Director adopts the procedure for panel members.

(3) The result of panel discussion is classification of project proposals by project type within a science field. The panel members separately discuss project proposals where assessments of reviewers in the following criteria: R&D quality of the application, relevance and potential impact of the application and feasibility of the project proposal significantly differ, and decide whether the average of the two scores reflects the real value of the proposed project or if a higher or lower score would be in order. The project proposals that display a +/- 10% difference in reviews from the average of the marks must be considered by the panel. The decision must be substantiated in writing by the panel.

(4) The panel classifies project proposals into two categories:

  • A category: Projects in this category are classified within a field by the descending order of scores. The A category projects have not yet been selected for financing. The A category also includes postdoctoral projects where the applicant has entered a project at a research institution other than that of his ¸or her current employment. Roughly the same number of projects (+/- 20% deviation permitted) as in pre-selection is included in the A category.
  • B category: Projects included in the B category are those not included in the A category. The B category projects are rejected. The B category includes all projects with the individual or overall score lower than the prescribed minimum score for the first stage. The minimum score for the first stage is prescribed in the methodology. The reviewers are informed on the minimum score when they receive the application.

(5) The SCA discusses the list of applications proposed by the panel and may supplement it on the basis of the criteria and yardsticks set in the Invitation and by taking into account recommendations of the panel. The share of different project types is determined in the methodology.

Article 87

(Call for the second-stage application)

(1) The Agency calls upon the applicants included in the second stage of the project selection (A category) to submit within three weeks the supplemented application entering the research project (hereinafter: the Stage II Application).

(2) The applications are assessed by at least two foreign reviewers. Each reviewer assesses several projects and substantiates the assessments. The average assessment of the reviewers is taken into account in the classification procedure.

(3) The reviewer’s assessment consists of the same elements as in the first stage, except that the project’s contents are supplemented and extended for the second stage.

Article 88

(Stage II of the application selection procedure)

(1) The reviewer is submitted for assessment the Stage II Application with the full invitation documentation.

(2) The reviewers assess individual assessment elements by filling in the assessment sheet forms containing numerical scores by individual criterion. The reviewers in their assessment also give a short descriptive assessment or comment.

(3) The Agency’s expert services forward assessments of reviewers to panel members and the applicants. The applicants can give their opinion on the reviewers’ assessments.

(4) The panel discusses substantiations of assessments (comments) of reviewers and opinions (response) of the applicants to the written assessments/comments by reviewers. When discussing the project proposals, the panel members will also receive the final assessments of final project reports which managers of the discussed projects completed in the last three years, as an aid in discussing project proposals.

(5) The minimum score / average of the two scores to be achieved by a research project in the second stage is prescribed in the methodology. The reviewers are informed on the minimum score when they receive the Stage II Application.

(6) The result of panel discussion is classification of projects within categories and fields. The panel specifically discusses project proposals where assessments of the reviewers significantly differ and decides whether the average of both assessments realistically reflects the value of the proposed project or if a lower or higher score is accurate. The project proposals that display a +/- 10% difference in reviews from the average of the marks must be considered by the panel.

(7) Given the planned funds of the Invitation and the priorities set in the Invitation, the panel proposes applications to be financed as big projects (€ 200,000) or small ones (€ 50,000).

(8) The proposal for classification of applications for (co)financing of the Projects is adopted by a majority vote and with a written explanation of assessments.

(9) The draft priority list of applications is prepared separately for each science and for projects in interdisciplinary research, by field within a science, separately for big and small projects and for postdoctoral projects.

(10) The SCA discusses the priority list of applications where it takes into account classification by the panel and may partly change the panel’s proposal and rearrange the ratio between project types within a sciences based on the criteria and yardsticks set in the Invitation. The SCA may additionally include in the final proposal up to 5% of applications compared to the number put forward by the panel; the project proposals that display a +/- 10% difference in reviews from the average of the marks ca be treated equally by the SCA as by the panel. The SCA shall set the minimum score for selection of big projects. The panel and the SCA take into account in the final decision the projects’ classification in the priority list by field as well as the available capacity of a field.

Article 89

(Research projects assessment elements)

(1) The reviewers use the criteria specified in Table G.II for the assessments.

Table G.II: Criteria for project assessment and the maximum score by criterion

No. of criterion under Art. 33 Criterion Max. score
1 Research excellence of a researcher or a group of researchers 5
2 Socioeconomic or cultural relevance of research results of a researcher or a group of researchers 5
3 R&D quality of the application 5
4 Relevance and potential impact of the application 5
5 Feasibility of the proposal 5
  Total 25

(2) The following indicators are used for assessments under the criterion Research excellence of a researcher or a group of researchers:

1.4. exceptional achievements in publications;

1.5. exceptional achievements in citations;

1.6. status excellence;

1.7. lectures on international conferences abroad;

1.8. participation in international projects or parts of international projects (not bilateral ones co-financed by the Agency).

(3) The following indicators are used for assessments under the criterion Socioeconomic or cultural relevance of research results of a researcher or a group of researchers:

2.2. proven teaching activities in higher education;

2.3. proven mentorship in graduation, master’s and doctoral theses;

2.4. written popular science articles in magazines distributed to a wider audience, presence in the media with comments and critical reflections and (co)organisation of public events with a contribution to popularisation of science;

2.5. proven relevant achievements in culture (the indicator applies to humanities);

2.6. proven membership in committees significant for the field;

2.7. proven relations with businesses or publicly-provided services;

2.8. (co)author of patents, standards, licences, new products, technologies and technological solutions and innovations;

2.9. (co)founder of a spin off company;

2.13. hosting researchers.

(4) The following indicators are used for assessments under the criterion R&D quality of the application:

3.1. scientific significance of the topic;

3.2. current nature of the initial hypothesis and methodological adequacy or design of research;

3.3. clear idea and quality of objectives;

3.4. original (new) expected results;

3.5. quality and efficiency of the selected scientific research methodology.

(5) The following indicators are used for assessments under the criterion Relevance and potential impact of the application:

4.1. direct significance for businesses and publicly-provided services (a company, industry, several industries, social infrastructure, civil service, incorporation of new enterprises, cultural development and preservation of national identity, protection of natural and cultural heritage etc.);

4.2. indirect importance to the society (promotion of the country, access to foreign know-how, inclusion in the international labour division, education of human resources etc.);

4.3. importance for the development of science or the field;

4.4. alignment with the national development policy, scientific research, science, field and prescribed topics;

4.5. adequacy of measures for application and dissemination of results;

4.6. alignment of the proposal contents with prescribed topics;

4.7. share of funding from other sources.

(6) The following indicators are used for assessments under the criterion Feasibility of the proposal:

5.1. qualifications of the head (proven by completed projects and mentorships);

5.2. adequacy of the action plan;

5.3. adequacy of the project’s feasibility, scope and duration;

5.4. adequacy of composition of the group of researchers (inter-disciplinarity, inter-institutionality);

5.5. availability of premises and equipment;

5.6. inclusion in programmes and projects;

5.7. alignment of the proposed scope of activities with the planned budget and providing for rational use of funds.

(7) The applicant can state in exceptional research achievements in the application any bibliographical units with a bigger number of citations with no full bibliographical record in the WoS.

(8) Researchers with the Ai value under Article 36 herein value exceeding the limit value, will receive score 5 (except for A2 where they get score 10). The applicant can state this fact in exceptional research achievements in the first-stage application.

(9) The Agency will assess candidates for project managers with quantitative scores in the science and field that the applicant stated in the first-stage application.

(10) The Slovenian reviewer will assess applications by the criteria socioeconomic or cultural relevance or results, R&D quality of the application, relevance and potential impact of the application and feasibility of the proposal.

(11) The foreign reviewer will assess applications by the criteria research excellence of a researcher or a group of researchers, R&D quality of the application, relevance and potential impact of the application and feasibility of the proposal.

(12) The average score of the two reviewers will be taken into account for R&D quality of the application, relevance and potential impact of the application and feasibility of the proposal.

(13) In humanities, the reviewer takes into account in the assessment of socioeconomic or cultural relevance also the relevant achievements of the project manager in the segment of culture.

(14) The reviewers can use as assistance in their assessment the quantitative assessments of the project team manager under Article 35 herein. Unless the methodology specifies otherwise, then:

  • the project manager is assessed in the first stage;
  • the entire project team is assessed in the second stage;
  • only the implementer is assessed in postdoctoral projects.

Article 90

(Monitoring and supervision)

(1) The Agency shall together with the CSC monitor and supervise implementation of research projects at all stages of their course, based on annual and final reports on the work and reports on expenditure. The Agency may supervise project implementation by on-site visits at project implementers. The Agency may appoint certified auditors to supervise research implementers on site to inspect expenditure on behalf of the Agency.

(2) If the CSC gives a negative assessment to the annual report on the research project (basic, applicative or postdoctoral), such assessment shall be substantiated. The Agency shall inform the RI and the project manager thereof. If the CSC in the next year again gives a negative assessment to the annual report on the research project (basic or applicative), then a proposal on reducing or terminating financing shall be given at the same time. The SCA shall discuss and the Director adopt at the SCA's proposal any proposal to reduce or terminate financing.

(3) Annual and final reports on applicative projects shall have enclosed an assessment by the co-financer with a substantive explanation on potential impacts of the project's results.  The Agency may require from the person in charge of an applicative project to submit a report by the co-financer on economic and other effects of the use of results for five years after the project completion.

Article 91

(Contents of the annual report)

The annual report on the results of research work performed on the project shall include in addition to the project title, name and address of the applicant, name of the project manager and the contract number, also a brief substantive report and evidence on meeting of the assumed obligations. The report shall state:

  • project objectives;
  • implementation of the submitted action plan and meeting of the objectives;
  • use of obtained results;
  • substantiations of any changes in the action plan of the project;
  • explanation of any changes in project teams;
  • international cooperation;
  • research and other results.

Article 92

(Contents of the final report)

The final report on the results of research work performed on the project shall include in addition to the project title, name and address of the applicant, name of the project manager and the contract number, also a report by the co-financer, a summary report and evidence on meeting of the assumed obligations for the entire project duration. Such a report shall include:

  • project objectives;
  • implementation of the submitted action plan and meeting of the objectives;
  • explanations of changes in project teams if made in the last year of implementation;
  • use of obtained results;
  • international cooperation;
  • research and other results.

Article 93

(Publication of project results)

(1) The RI shall when publishing project results as well as in any other form of public presentation state that the results were achieved within a project (co)financed from the national budget and upon the Agency’s request participate in informing of the public organised by the Agency.

(2) The statement in Slovene stating that the project has been (co)financed from the national budget reads as follows:

Projekt št. …. je sofinancirala Javna agencija za raziskovalno dejavnost Republike Slovenije iz državnega proračuna.

(3) The statement in English stating that the project has been (co)financed from the national budget reads as follows:

"The authors acknowledge the financial support from the Slovenian Research Agency (project No. …)".

III. Selection of mentors and training of young researchers at the RI

III.1. Selection of mentors

Article 94

(Application to the Invitation)

The Agency publishes an invitation for selection of mentors for training young researchers. The RI entered in the records of research institutions kept by the Agency and having the legal form of an institute can apply to the invitation.

Article 95

(Conditions for applying)

Candidates for mentors must fulfil the following conditions:

  • meeting the conditions for the manager of a basic or applicative research project;
  • active participation in a research programme or at least one research project (co)financed by the Agency;
  • employed at the applicant RI;
  • at least four years have passed since the candidate's defending of the doctoral thesis;
  • achieving the minimum score set in the methodology based on the quantitative assessments in line with Article 35 herein.

Article 96

(Field of candidacy)

Candidates for mentors may apply within the primary field of the research programme in which they participate. If they are members of no programming group, they may apply within the research field entered in the records of researchers. The methodology may specify that a particular sub-field be treated as a field due to its peculiarities. If the application is made for another research field, it shall be stated in the application. Research achievements of candidates for mentors and the work programmes of young researchers shall be in the field of the application. The expert body may appropriately transfer the applications where the research field and the application for candidates do not match.

Article 97

(Limit on the number of young researchers per mentor)

A mentor shall not train more than four young researchers at a time. The quota of four young researchers shall exclude those with dormant status because of parental leave and those who have already used parental leave during the term of the status of a young researcher in the duration of at least six months. The quota of four young researchers trained by a mentor shall be checked by the Agency upon signing of the contract on financing of research training of a young researcher. 

Article 98

(Assessment criteria)

(1) Candidates for mentors shall be assessed by applying the following criteria in accordance with Article 33 herein:

  • research excellence of a researcher or a group of researchers; and
  • socioeconomic or cultural relevance of research results of a researcher or a group of researchers.

(2) The assessment shall apply quantitative indicators in accordance with Article 35 herein. The Agency will use data entered in the COBISS and Sicris databases and the records of researchers as at the date of conclusion of the invitation to calculate quantitative assessments for candidates for mentors.

Article 99

(List of mentors)

(1) The evaluation procedure is managed by the expert body in charge of assessing mentors of young researchers. The result of the evaluation procedure is the draft priority list of applications for mentors (hereinafter: the List of Mentors)

(2) The List of Mentors shall include at least 25% of younger mentors in individual sciences. (2) A younger mentor defended his or her doctoral thesis less than ten years ago. If a candidate for a younger mentor used maternity leave and child care leave, with one year taken into account per child, the period since defending of the doctoral thesis shall be extended beyond ten years.

(3) The SCA discusses the List of Mentors prepared by the expert body. The SCA may supplement the List of Mentors based on the criteria and yardsticks set in the invitation, taking into account recommendations of the expert body.

Article 100

(Mentor selection procedure)

(1) The expert body forms the List of Mentors separately for each science based on the achieved score of candidates for mentors of young researchers in accordance with the following scheme:

  • selection of candidates for younger mentors (25% by science);
  • selection of 65% of mentors by score within the science (all remaining candidates considered);
  • selection of the remaining 10% of mentors.

(2) Selection of younger mentors referred to in the previous indent hereunder shall take into account that a programming group (or research team if the candidate for mentor is not a member of any programming group) is entitled to up to one younger mentor. The condition shall be checked in all sciences and in the case of several candidates for mentors within the same programming group (or research team, as applicable), the one with higher score will be considered.

(3) Selection of mentors specified in the second indent of the first paragraph hereunder shall take into account that the distribution is within the science by programming group (or research team, as applicable). The distribution shall take into account the following restrictions (considering all mentors, including the assigned younger mentors):

  • the number of mentorships per research team (where there is no programming group) shall not exceed two, the number of mentors per programming group shall not exceed three and the number of mentors per a large programming group shall be four at most. Large programming groups are: bigger than 6 FTE at the PRI, bigger than 3 FTE at other RI and programming groups operating at several RI.
  • The distribution shall also meet the condition that the number of mentorships in a research field in a science can increase by one or decrease by two from the average number of selected mentors in the last three years (rounded). The condition of the maximum decrease of mentorships by two shall not apply if there are too few applications submitted in a field or if the number of mentorships from the invitation is too small.

(4) Selection of mentors specified in the third indent of the first paragraph hereunder shall take into account the restriction laid down in the first indent of the previous paragraph hereunder (considering all mentors, including assigned younger mentors), with the restriction that the number of mentorships in a research field of a science can increase by up to two from the average number of selected mentors in the last three years (rounded). The expert body first determines candidates whom it would consider (all indicators of equal value):

  • candidates with the highest total score A within research fields;
  • candidates with proven research excellence (highest A" or A' within research fields);
  • candidates for younger mentors with proven research excellence (highest A" or A' within research fields).

(5) The SCA discusses the draft priority list of mentors prepared by the expert body and may minimally amend or supplement it based on the criteria and yardsticks set in the invitation.

(6) The Agency sends to the applicants a notice on the priority list of mentors adopted by the Director upon proposal from the SCA.

(7) The RI may propose that a mentor from the previous year's list of selected mentors and a candidate for mentor from the priority list of mentors switch the beginning of training of a young researcher. The mentor and the candidate for mentor need not be from the same RI. A proposal from the RI shall be co-signed by the mentor and the candidate for mentor. The proposed changes are approved by the SCA.

III.2. Training of young researchers at the RI

Article 101

(Purpose)

The Agency finances training of young researchers at the RI to:

  • refresh the research and research & teaching staff at the RI;
  • increase research capacity of teams implementing research programmes and basic and applicative projects;
  • enhance human resources potential for needs of other users from the public and the private sector.

Article 102

(Invitations for candidates for young researchers)

The RI publish invitations for candidates for young researchers with selected mentors within sciences and in selected research fields in a daily newspaper or the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia.

Article 103

(Conditions for candidates for young researchers)

(1) Candidates for young researchers must fulfil the following conditions:

  • having at least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, obtained in a study course adopted in the Republic of Slovenia before 11 June 2004 and the average grade of all examinations and coursework (excluding the degree examination) of at least 8.00, and meeting all conditions for doctoral studies; or
  • having another degree in a relevant field, obtained in a master’s study course adopted in the Republic of Slovenia after 11 June 2004 and the average grade of all examinations and coursework (excluding the degree examination) of at least 8.00, or
  • having a master's degree obtained in a master's study course adopted in the Republic of Slovenia before 11 June 2004; or
  • comparable education to that referred to in the first, second and third indent hereunder acquired at foreign universities; and
  • not more than five years have passed since defending of the thesis referred to in the first or second indent hereunder or defending of the master’s thesis referred to in the third indent hereunder, where the five-year period shall be set as up to 30 September of the current year; if the candidate for young researcher has entered postgraduate studies without financial support of the Agency or the Ministry of Science, the period since defending of the thesis or the master’s thesis shall be extended above five years, namely one year shall be added for each entered study year.

(2) If a candidate for young researcher has already entered postgraduate studies to acquire a science academic title or has a master’s degree obtained in a master’s study course adopted in the Republic of Slovenia before 11 June 2004, the average grade of the undergraduate studies shall be irrelevant, except in the case of a repeated entry in the first year of postgraduate studies.

(3) If the candidate for young researcher has used the parental leave – with one year accounted per one child – the period since defending of the thesis or the master's thesis shall be extended beyond five years. Equally applies to documented sick leaves exceeding six months. 

(4) Young researchers already financed in a programme for young researchers, who terminated the contract early or failed to carry out the training programme within the set period, cannot apply to the invitation.

Article 104

(Assessment of candidates for young researchers)

(1) The assessment criteria and indicators in accordance with Articles 33 and 34 shall not apply to assessment of young researchers. The assessment criteria for candidates for young researchers are as follows:

  • the average grade for all examinations and coursework at undergraduate level (excluding the degree examination), at least 80% of all examinations and coursework at undergraduate level must be completed;
  • already completed science master's degree;
  • entry into studies to obtain a science academic title;
  • received awards and prizes;
  • published articles;
  • participation in research.

(2) Valuation of the criteria shall be determined by the RI.

Article 105

(Selection of candidates for young researchers)

(1) The RI shall perform selection of candidates for young researchers by the end of August of the current year and report to the Agency the names of selected young researchers by 1 September. The Agency shall be submitted a confirmation that the candidates have been selected at public invitations and the data on meeting of the invitation conditions for individual young researchers.

(2) Selection of candidates applying to an invitation of the RI shall be performed by the RI in agreement with the selected mentors. The mentors shall check meeting of the conditions by the candidates and assess them in writing with regard to the criteria specified in the previous article herein.

(3) If the research institutions fail to report to the Agency names of candidates for young researchers by 1 September, the mentors shall lose financing of training of young researchers won at the invitation.

Article 106

(Financing of training)

(1) The Agency shall finance training of young researchers up to the doctoral degree, namely:

  • not more than four years and six months if entered in a four-year doctoral study course (old course);
  • not more than three years and six months if entered in a study course of the 3rd Bologna stage (new course).

(2) The category of the research hour price for a young researcher shall be set based on the category of the research hour price of the mentor’s programming group. If the mentor is member of no programming group, the category of the research hour price for a young researcher shall be set based on the category of research hour prices of research projects within the research team (determined by using the average of categories of research hour prices of research projects within the research team). A young researcher shall be a member of the programming group of the mentor or a member of the mentor’s research team, if the mentor is in no programming group.

(3) Young researchers in medicine, who in addition to doctoral studies perform internship, secondary placement or specialisation, can have their training time extended by the Agency so that their programme is completed by defending of the doctoral thesis within nine years from entry in the young researchers programmes (old course) or in eight years (new course). The Agency shall in such cases fully finance the young researcher’s training programme for a maximum of four years and six months (old course) or three years and six months (new course), so that financing by year is distributed with regard to the course's duration and the already acquired public funding for the internship, secondary placement or specialisation.

(4) The Agency shall reduce the financing period specified in the first indent of the first paragraph hereunder by: one year if the young researcher is entered in the second year upon signing of the contract; two years if the young researcher has passed all examinations of a master's study and has approved direct transition to doctoral studies or if the young researcher is entered in the third year and has already completed there-year master’s studies; three years if the young researcher is entered in the fourth year of a postgraduate study.

(5) The Agency shall reduce the financing period specified in the second indent of the first paragraph hereunder by: one year if the young researcher is entered in the second year of studies at the 3rd Bologna stage upon signing of the contract; two years if the young researcher is entered in the third year of studies at the 3rd Bologna stage.

Article 107

(Training documents)

(1) The RI shall prior to signing of the contract on financing and training of a young researcher (hereinafter: the Contract) but not later than by 20 September submit the following documents to the Agency:

  • framework programme of the research training;
  • proof of diploma or a certificate on defending of a science master’s thesis; and
  • attachments to the diploma if the candidate for young researcher is entering the first year of a postgraduate study.

(2) If a candidate for young researcher has not completed undergraduate or master's studies in the Republic of Slovenia, the RI shall submit the following before signing of the contract:

  • decision of a higher education institution on recognition of foreign education for the purpose of education in the Republic of Slovenia; and
  • a conversion of the average grade of the undergraduate studies with regard to the grading system used in higher education institutions in the Republic of Slovenia, prepared by the RI where the training is taking place, considering the grading system of the foreign education system.

Article 108

(Training programme)

(1) The framework research training programme for a candidate for young researcher consists of the research and the study programme. The research programme comprises:

  1. base of the young researcher’s research task and its placement in the research programme or project of the research team, as the case may be;
  2. working hypothesis and work method;
  3. research objectives and anticipated results with the emphasis on original contribution to science.

(2) The study programme comprises:

  1. postgraduate studies programme for the award of a science academic title; the programme must have a time schedule;
  2. name of the university and school of the postgraduate study for the award of a science academic title.

(3) The framework training programme shall be signed by the following members of the research team: research mentor, the implementer’s manager and the young researcher.

Article 109

(Concluding the Contract)

(1) The Agency and the implementer determine the mutual rights and obligations by a contract. The Contract may specify that the RI covers certain expenses in training of the young researcher.

(2) The RI shall return the signed Contract or Annex within 15 days from receiving it. The Contract shall be enclosed with the employment contract of the young researcher and certificate of entry into postgraduate studies.

Article 110

(Brief training abroad)

(1) Young researchers whose training is already financed by the Agency shall be provided brief training abroad in the form of study projects at foreign universities or research institutes or performing of the experimental part of the doctoral thesis, for the purpose of improving the quality of training and postgraduate studies in Slovenia, for a period not exceeding one and a half years.

(2) During the period of brief training of a young researcher abroad, the RI shall be entitled to a full instalment of the funds the Agency is earmarking from the national budget in accordance with the Contract for training of young researchers even if the young researcher obtained a scholarship for the period of staying abroad.

(3) The RI shall describe the course of training of the young researcher abroad in the annual report.

(4) A brief training abroad shall not extend the contractual period for implementing the programme. The doctoral thesis shall be defended in the Republic of Slovenia. The doctoral thesis can exceptionally be defended abroad, if a foreign co-mentor participated in its preparation and the decision to do so was adopted in agreement by all participants.

Article 111

(Reporting on the training)

(1) The RI shall report on the training of the young researcher within the deadlines specified in the Contract and submit for that purpose to the Agency annual report and the final report on forms published on the Agency's website. The RI shall also submit to the Agency within the contractual deadline the decision of the senate of the relevant school on approval of the direct transition to doctoral studies.

(2) The young researcher shall attend a seminar on entrepreneurship before completing the training. The seminar may be organised by a higher education institution having appropriate contents and teachers in its study course or by the RI in cooperation with experts from other higher education institutions and businesses. The seminar shall be at least five course of 45 minutes. The certificate on attendance at the seminar shall be enclosed to the final report referred to in the previous paragraph hereunder.

(3) If the reports are not submitted by the deadlines specified in the Contract, the Agency may suspend payments under the Contract for the period of default.

(4) RO is obliged to submit the decision of the HE institution on approval of direct transition to doctoral studies, without defending the masters thesis, at least two years before the scheduled completion of the training program. Otherwise, the agency withholds payment of funds for not more than six months. If within six months the decision of the HE institution is delivered, the Agency releases the withheld funds, otherwise it withdraws from the contract.

Article 112

(Reporting on changes)

(1) The RI shall report to the Agency by the tenth day of the month any change related to training of the young researcher regarding a change or termination of employment at the RI and eligible absence exceeding 30 sequential business days, such as parental leave or prolonged sick leave. The Agency shall suspend the status of the young researcher with a decision also if the grounds can be found in another piece of legislation. The Agency shall suspend financing for the period of eligible absence and extend the training period for the time of the contract suspension with a decision.

(2) The Agency shall discontinue payments if employment of the young researcher is changed or terminated. Continued financing of the young researcher depends on an affirmative opinion of the competent body of the Agency.

Article 113

(Replacing the mentor)

(1) The RI may propose a change of the mentor in the case of termination of employment, retirement, passing away or one-year documented absence of the mentor, and other justified reasons. The Director shall decide on the replacement based on a proposal of the SCA.

(2) The mentor shall meet the conditions specified in Articles 95 and 97 herein.

(3) The RO may propose amendments to the program or a research group of young researchers, which may be caused by the replacement supervisor, change in organizational units, termination of the research program, etc. The Director decides on the change based on a proposal of the SCA.

Article 114

(Providing for purpose use of funds)

(1) The Agency’s funds shall be used solely for the purpose and in proportions in accordance with these Rules, the Decree on Criteria and Standards for allocating resources for the implementation of the National Research Development Programme (Official Gazette RS, no. 74/04, 32/05, 26/06, 80/07, 89/08, 102/09), the Contract and the instructions on use of funds for training of young researchers, as adopted by the Director.

(2) The RI shall enable the Agency viewing records on expenditure of funds received based on the Contract.

(3) The Contract shall specify the name of the contract manager.

Article 115

(Default on the Contract)

(1) The RI shall immediately inform the Agency on any default on the Contract. The Agency may suspend or discontinue financing and terminate the Contract.

(2) Discontinuing of training upon request of the implementer or the young researcher in the first three months of financing shall have no financial effect for parties to the Contract, unless the Agency finds misuse of funds.

(3) If the Agency terminates the Contract for misuse of funds, the RI shall repay the misused funds including legal default interest within the deadline set by the Agency.

(4) If the program is interrupted by the implementer or the young researcher within three monts from the start, or if the purpose and the objective of the training programme (defending of the doctoral thesis) are not met within the contractual deadline, the RI shall repay 10% of received funds or 20%, if the young researcher is employed part time. The RI may initiate in both cases a recourse action against the young researcher for the amount of 5% of remitted funds.

Article 116

(Early completion of training or extension of deadline)

(1) Young researchers, who successfully conclude the training (with the defence of the doctoral thesis) before the contractual deadline, shall be eligible for a bonus payment of 30% of the funds the Agency had allocated for the young researcher's gross salary, for each month remaining before the end of the contractual deadline up to a maximum of twelve months.

(2) The RO may seek an extension of the deadline for completion of the training period of 6 months and give reasons for the delay. The Director decides on the extension. In exceptional, particularly justified cases, the time limit for completion of contractual obligations may be extended for a maximum of 6 months. The Director decides on the extension based on a proposal by the SCA.

IV. Research equipment

Article 117

(Subject matter of the Invitation)

(1) Co-financing of purchase of research equipment includes purchases of research equipment with the preliminary purchase value of reported research equipment of at least € 50,000 for natural sciences, technical sciences, biotechnology and medicine, and at least € 15,000 for humanities and social sciences.

(2) The share of co-financing by the Agency for purchase of research equipment shall be set by the invitation or the methodology.

Article 118

(Application to the Invitation)

(1) The PRI and other public institutes (hereinafter: the Applicants) performing public service in research in the form of research programmes and infrastructure programmes based on a concession may apply to the invitation.

(2) The Applicants shall enclose the following evidence to the application: pro forma invoices and letters of intent for the research equipment in acquisition, and a preliminary contract or contract on co-financing signed by the co-financer which will specify the amount of co-financing or a statement on own funding.

Article 119

(Separation condition)

The expert body may apply as a separation condition research equipment of higher value already in place in Slovenia (at least € 140,000 for natural sciences, technical sciences, biotechnology and medicine, and at least € 40,000 for humanities and social sciences. The expert body uses as aid the list of existing research equipment available on the Sicris system. The expert body may call upon the Applicants to substantiate additionally the application with regard to the existing equipment.

Article 120

(Assessing applications)

(1) The expert body handles assessment of applications.

(2) The expert body shall score applications for research equipment based on the criteria set in Table G.IV.

Table G.IV: Criteria for assessment of research equipment and the maximum score by criterion

No. of criterion
under Art. 33
Criterion Max. score
8 Quality of the application regarding support 11
4 Relevance and potential impact of the application  6
  Total 17

(3) The following indicator is used for assessments under the criterion Quality of the application regarding support:

8.7. approved period of financing of a research or infrastructure programme where the expert body verifies appropriate inclusion of the research equipment in the research or infrastructure programme based on publicly available data in the Sicris database.

8.8. Purchase amount for the equipment.

(4) The following indicators are used for assessments under the criterion Relevance and potential impact of the application:

4.7. share of funding from other sources.

(5) The assessment elements are specified in detail in the methodology.

Article 121

(1) Based on the scoring in accordance with the set criteria, the expert body prepares the draft priority list of applications for co-financing of purchase of research equipment and submits it for discussion to the SCA.

(2) If several applications receive the same score, the SCA shall decide on those selected for co-financing of purchase of research equipment based on a discussion on the significance of the research equipment as support to research of the Applicant and other included research or infrastructure programme or projects. The SCA shall take into account bases of the national R&D programme.

Article 122

(Disposal and availability of the equipment)

(1) The Applicant with whom the Agency concludes the contract on co-financing of purchase of research equipment (hereinafter: the Other Party) shall provide for undisturbed operation of the research equipment and act with due diligence. Disposal of the equipment is subject to an approval of the founder in accordance with the procedure laid down by the regulations on acquisition, disposal and management of real property of the state.

(2) The Other Party shall offer the capacity of the research equipment and the related services to all interested RI by most favoured treatment if the capacity and services are needed to implement research programmes or projects (co)financed from the national budget. The Other Party shall publish tariffs for using the capacity of the research equipment.

(3) Determining of the cost price of use of the research equipment co-financed by the Agency shall take into account the depreciation cost of the research equipment, cost of material and services for maintenance of the equipment and the pertaining labour costs in accordance with the regulations on the public sector pay system.

(4) The Applicants shall report to the Agency on the price of use of the research equipment and on the structure of the cost price of use of the research equipment.

(5) The Applicants shall regularly report to the Agency on the actual use and utilisation of the research equipment and inform the public on availability of the equipment on their websites.

(6) The instructions on determining the price of using the research equipment, which is a business act, and on informing and reporting on its use shall be adopted by the Director of the Agency.

Article 123

(Public records of the research equipment)

Records of the research equipment co-financed by the Agency from the national budget shall be publicly available in the SICRIS system. The Applicants shall submit any data needed for the records in the form and manner set by the Agency.

Article 124

(Contract on co-financing purchase of the research equipment)

(1) The contract on co-financing of purchase of the research equipment may be concluded individually for a specific purchase of the research equipment or for several purchases of a RI with regard to the time of the relevant purchase.

(2) The contract on co-financing of purchase of the research equipment shall regulate in addition to the obligatory contractual elements specified herein other mutual substantive rights and obligations, such as: utilisation of the research equipment, conditions for use of the research equipment, reporting on operation, usefulness and utilisation, and the criteria and elements for determining the price of services of working with the research equipment.

(3) The Other Party shall provide for inclusion of the research equipment in implementation of the programmes and projects and ensure that the research equipment co-financed in accordance herewith is recorded in bookkeeping entries as a fixed asset of the Other Party.

V. International scientific cooperation

Article 125

(Purpose)

The Agency may (co)finance the following in international scientific cooperation:

  1. assumed obligations in accordance with bilateral and multilateral agreements, programmes, memorandums and protocols between the Republic of Slovenia and third countries (hereinafter: the International Agreements);
  2. membership of Slovenian science associations in international science associations;
  3. work of Slovenian representatives elected chairs, vice-chairs, secretaries general or members of management bodies of international science associations;
  4. activities related to promotion of Slovenian science abroad;
  5. work of foreign researchers coming to the Republic of Slovenia based on the International Agreement if such an agreement includes a reciprocal provision for Slovenian researchers;
  6. promotion of applications to framework programmes for R&D and technological development of the European Union (hereinafter: the EU Framework Programmes);
  7. participation of Slovenian institutions in international R&D projects adopted by the government, the ministry of science or the Agency for which a specific contract or another International Agreement has been made.

Article 126

(The invitation)

(1) The Agency may (co)finance international cooperation referred to in Items 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the previous article herein based on an invitation.

(2) The invitation under Items 1, 3 and 4 of the previous article herein may be entered by the RI and private researchers included in the records of the RI or the records of private researchers kept by the Agency, meeting the conditions prescribed by the law on R&D and the Agency's regulations, and performing programmes or projects (co)financed by the Agency or basic or applicative research projects or approved international projects (in particular, for example, participation in the EU Framework Programmes in R&D and technological development), which provide for the basis source of research.

(3) The invitation under Item 4 of the previous article herein may also be entered by institutes, associations of institutes, businesses, societies, associations of societies and institutions of the Republic of Slovenia, and legal entities from the neighbouring areas with Slovenian minority and legal entities of Slovenian emigrants.

(4) The invitation under Items 2 and 3 of the previous article herein may be entered by Slovenian science associations.

Article 127

(Unilateral and bilateral invitations)

If the International Agreement specifies no obligation of the foreign party to (co)finance international cooperation, (co)financing of scientific and research cooperation under Item 1 of Article 125 herein shall be performed under a unilateral invitation and otherwise under a bilateral one.

Article 128

(Assessing applications)

(1) The Applications shall be assessed by an expert committee in accordance with the conditions of the invitation, these Rules and the methodology.

(2) The score of an application to the invitation under Item 1 of Article 125 herein shall be a quantitative assessment under the criterion "1. Research excellence of a researcher or a group of researchers” specified in Article 34 herein, namely the quantitative assessment for scientific excellence of the project manager at the applicant, which is determined from the score A1 in accordance with Article 35 herein.

Article 129

(Draft priority list of applications)

(1) In bilateral invitations, the expert committee submits the list of applications with the pertaining assessments under Article 128 herein to the Slovenian part of the authorised international body (a bilateral committee or a bilateral scientific and technological cooperation board). The authorised international body prepares a priority list of applications which the Slovenian part of the authorised international body submits to the Agency for further consideration. The decision on selection of applications for (co)financing shall be adopted by the Director by taking into account the submitted financially evaluated priority list of applications.

(2) As regards unilateral invitations, the expert committee shall prepare the draft priority list of applications based on the applications' score. In the case of a nearly identical score of two applications, i.e. less than 5 percentage point difference, the expert committee shall when preparing the draft financially evaluated priority list of applications for (co)financing in addition to the score take into account the criterion of inclusion of doctoral students or postdoctoral researchers.

Article 130

(The decision on financing)

International cooperation referred to in Article 125 herein shall be (co)financed by the Agency based on a decision of the Director. (Co)financing shall be made based on the notice on the results of selection of applications stating the approved amount and the number of exchanges or based on a separate contract made between the Agency and the applicant.

Article 131

(Payment claim)

(1) The applicants with approved funding by the Agency for international cooperation shall submit to the Agency within 10 days after an implemented activity a payment claim, a cost statement, copies of the bookkeeping documents and a substantive report on the work performed per activity. The Agency may use the report for promotion.

(2) The Agency may disregard any payment claims received by the Agency more than 30 days after an activity took place. Regardless of  the provisions in the preceding sentence, the agency is not required to consider the request for payment submitted after 10th January of a running year for activities carried out in the preceding calendar year.

(3) If a contract has been made between the Agency and the applicant, the method of financing shall be stipulated therein.

Article 132

(Supervision)

If the Agency finds misuse of funds, payments shall be discontinued and the contract terminated and a claim for repayment of all remitted funds in real amount inclusive of legal default interest shall be made.

Article 133

(Co-financing)

(1) International cooperation of foreign researchers visiting the Republic of Slovenia based on Items 1 and 5 of Article 125 herein shall be (co)financed by the Agency in the amount of the cost of accommodation and daily allowance set by the applicable regulation on the reimbursement of work-related costs and other income excluded from the tax base, unless the International Agreement specifies otherwise.

(2) The cost of accommodation shall be financed in the amount of the cost of accommodation at a postgraduates’ house or, exceptionally, in the case of full occupancy of the postgraduates’ house or outside Ljubljana and Maribor, a maximum of the cost of stay at a B category hotel of up to € 100 (for a stay up to a fortnight) or € 1,250 per month.

(3) International cooperation of Slovenian researchers in accordance with Item 1 of Article 125 herein shall be (co)financed by the Agency in the amount of cost of the most economic international transportation, accounting for the price and time consumption, unless the International Agreement specifies otherwise In the case of unilateral invitations in accordance with Article 127 herein or bilateral invitations if so specified by the International Agreement, the Agency may (co)finance to the researchers daily allowances for the period of the visit abroad, as laid down by the decree setting cost reimbursement for business travel abroad (hereinafter: the Regulation).

Article 134

(Framework programmes projects)

The Agency shall pay a once-off financial contribution for the cost of application of a project to the Slovenian institutions, which applied the project as the applicants or main project coordinators or participate as partners in a project applied to the European Commission by a foreign or Slovenian institution in response to public invitations within the EU Framework Programmes for research and technological development. The Agency shall pay a once-off financial contribution for the application cost for a project which the European Commission found to be formally complete and submitted it for review. The applicants achieving a half or less of the maximum score in a review procedure shall not be entitled to the contribution. The amounts of the  contributions are determined by the Methodology, but the amount may not exceed € 2,500 for Slovenian institutions applying for a project as coordinators in an international consortium, or € 1,000 fore Slovenian institutions participating in a project as a partner institution in an international consortium or applying a project independently, if the call so allows.

Article 135

(Accepting co-financing by complementary scheme or Leading agency)

(1) If the review of a research project proposal, involving researchers from Slovenia,  to an international call n application exceeds the threshold for possible co-financing  the Agency may take over the co-financing of the Slovenian part as decided by the Director based on a proposal by the SCA, in accordance with available funds in the budget of the agency. The international calls,  the maximum possible extent and duration of financing, the threshold for possible co-financing and other conditions are specified in the Methodology.

(2) If research project proposal, involving researchers from Slovenia, to a call in another country or its research funding agency (hereinafter referred to as the Lead agency), is the proposed for funding, the Agency may take over co-financing of the Slovenian part as decided by the Director based on a proposal by the SCA in accordance with available funds in the budget of the agency. Other countries or Lead agencies, the maximum possible extent and duration of co-financing and other conditions are specified in the Methodology.

Article 136

(Co-financing the cost of officials in international science associations)

(1) Slovenian researchers elected chairs, vice-chairs and members of management bodies or secretaries general of international science associations referred to in Item 3 of Article 125 may be (co)financed by the Agency for the cost of the most economic international transportation and daily allowances as laid down by the regulation for participation at meetings of management bodies of international science associations but not more than twice a year. The Agency shall not (co)finance participation at meetings of task forces and other ad hoc bodies.

(2) The Agency may (co)finance to Slovenian researchers the fees for expert tasks related to performing of the office of chairs and secretaries general of international science associations of up to € 900 annually, however an individual Slovenian science association cannot receive more than one fee for its officials in international science associations each year.

(3) The conditions to be met by international science associations referred to in Article 137 herein may be set in the invitation or the methodology.

Article 137

(Co-financing membership fees for international science associations)

(1) The Agency may (co)finance membership fees for international science associations to Slovenian science associations in the amount between € 200 and € 800 annually. The Agency shall provide funding for membership fees based on claims for payment with enclosed copy of the invoices.

(2) The Agency shall not (co)finance membership fees for international science associations to sections of Slovenian science associations, businesses, institutes or other public legal entities and individuals.

Article 138

(Financing the cost of visits by foreign delegations)

(1) The Agency shall provide funds for financing costs incurred in implementing the programmes of international scientific cooperation of the Republic of Slovenia by visits of foreign delegations in the Republic of Slovenia or Slovenian ones abroad. The principle of reciprocity shall apply.

(2) Participation of the Agency’s delegates in intergovernmental bodies and committees of international organisations where the Republic of Slovenia is a partner shall be financed in full, in the amounts laid down by the Regulation.

VI Prominent researchers from abroad

Article 139

(Purpose)

The Agency shall co-finance cooperation of foreign researchers with the Slovenian RI for the purpose of their joint research work yielding research results of a quality publishable with the Slovenian co-authors in at least one international science magazine in the upper quarter by the impact factor in the field.

Article 140

(Co-financing)

The Agency shall co-finance cooperation of foreign researchers based on an invitation for at least a month and not more than one year by providing funds for payment of their research work, reimbursement of the cost of travel from the country of residence of the foreign researcher to the Republic of Slovenia and back, the cost of stay in the Republic of Slovenia and other costs as determined by the Methodology, along with other conditions.

Article 141

(Applicant)

(1) The RI with a proposal for a foreign researcher who would cooperate in research with the team of researchers working within the RI (hereinafter: the Applicant's Research Team) may submit an application to the invitation. Foreign researchers are foreign citizens living and working abroad or Slovenian citizens living and working abroad for at least five years.

(2) The applicant shall submit the following in the application among other:

  • a framework programme of participation of a foreign researcher, in accordance with the second paragraph of Article 144 herein;
  • the list of names of Slovenian researchers with whom the foreign researcher would cooperate in research; and
  • the name of the science magazine in which the publication of joint results of the Applicant's Research Team is planned.

Article 142

(Conditions for co-financing)

(1) Co-financing participation of foreign researchers in the RI shall meet two conditions at the time of the application:

  • the foreign researcher shall have at least three publications in international science magazines in the upper quarter by the impact factor in the field or at least one publication in an international science magazine with the impact factor over 15 (the condition does not apply to humanities);
  • the Applicant’s Research Team shall have at least one current research project or programme (co)financed by the Agency.

(2) The applicant shall undertake among other in the application that:

  • during the research, the foreign researcher shall have at least two lectures in the Republic of Slovenia in the field of the performed research;
  • the foreign researcher shall perform research in the Applicant’s Research Team in the Republic of Slovenia at least one month without interruptions, whereby participation of the foreign researcher at conferences or science meetings does not count as an interruption.

(3) Foreign researchers and the Applicant’s Research Team selected at a public invitation for (co)financing prominent foreign researchers within the last five years shall be illegible for selection at the invitation.

(4) Other conditions may be determined by the Methodology.

Article 143

(Expert body)

Assessment of the applications shall be performed by the expert body appointed by the SCA competent to assess prominent researchers from abroad. The expert body shall be composed of the chair and two members.

Article 144

(Assessment of researchers)

(1) The applications may be assessed by individual members of the expert body as reviewers or external reviewers appointed by the expert body (hereinafter: the Reviewers). Each reviewer shall if possible assess at least two applications from the same field or science.

(2) The reviewers assess individual assessment elements by filling in the assessment sheet forms containing numerical scores by individual indicator and yardstick. The reviewers use the criteria specified in Table G.IV for the assessments.

Table G.IV: Criteria for assessment of applied prominent researchers from abroad and the maximum score by criterion

No. of criterion under Art. 33 Criterion Max. score
1 Research excellence of a researcher or a group of researchers 30
4 Relevance and potential impact of the application 10
  Total 40

(3) The following indicators are used for assessments under the criterion Research excellence of a researcher or a group of researchers:

1.4. exceptional achievements in publications;

1.5. exceptional achievements in citations;

1.6. status excellence.

(4) The following indicators are used for assessments under the criterion Relevance and potential impact of the application:

4.13. significance to the RI;

4.14. significance to the research team;

4.15. significance to Slovenia.

(5) If the applied researcher from abroad is a Nobel Prize winner, the financing shall be granted with no assessment.

(6) The assessment elements for the reviewers’ assessment are specified in detail in the methodology.

Article 145

(Assessment procedure)

(1) After the scoring and the received reviewers’ assessment, the expert body examines the assessment and may call the reviewers to provide additional substantiations for the assessment.

(2) The expert body on the basis of reviewers’ assessments classifies foreign researchers in the priority list of applications with regard to the total score and the categories under the ministry's guidelines.

(3) Foreign researchers achieving top scores within fields of a science may be accepted for co-financing, as a rule one of them for each field in a year.

(4) The expert body shall prepare a financially evaluated draft priority list of applications of foreign researchers and submit it for discussion to the SCA within thirty days from receiving the reviews.

Article 146

(Contract)

The Agency shall regulate co-financing of the selected foreign researchers by a contract.

VII Science meetings

Article 147

(Purpose)

The Agency shall co-finance meetings for the purpose of enabling acquiring new knowledge, transfer of know-how from abroad, international exchange of knowledge and transfer of research results into practical applications.

Article 148

(Subject matter of co-financing)

(1) The Agency co-finances preparatory work for organisation of a meeting, covers the cost of printing invitations, extracts or expanded extracts of papers in printed or electronic form, hall rental and complete cost of living for not more than ten invited foreign lecturers or 5% of the active participants (invited lecturers from abroad and persons giving presentations).

(2) The minimum grant shall be € 1,000. If the calculation of grant is below € 1,000 and the application is included in the draft priority list, the application will be co-financed with € 1,000 under the condition that the funds applied for are not exceeded.

Article 149

(Programming committee)

A programming committee shall be established to provide for quality organisation of the science meeting.

Article 150

(Collecting applications)

(1) The Agency collects applications for organisation of meetings (hereinafter: the Application) based on an invitation.

(2) The RI entered in the records of research institutions kept by the Agency and societies with a status of activity in public interest in the field of research can apply to the invitation. Legal entities of Slovenians living in neighbouring areas of Slovenian minority and legal entities of Slovenian emigrants (hereinafter: the Applicant) may also apply.

Article 151

(Assessing applications)

(1) The application assessment is managed by the expert body in charge of assessing science meeting applications.

(2) Each application is assessed by two reviewers. The expert body for science meetings (hereinafter: the Expert Body) shall appoint 14 reviewers, two for each science. The Expert Body shall prepare within 30 days from receiving the documentation the financially evaluated draft priority list for co-financing science meetings (hereinafter: the Draft). The Draft shall be signed by the chair of the expert body.

(3) The criteria specified in Table G.VII shall apply to the application assessments.

Table G.VII: Criteria for assessing applications for science meetings and the maximum score by criterion

No. of criterion under Art. 33 Criterion Max. score
1 Research excellence of a researcher or a group of researchers 40
4 Relevance and potential impact of the application 60
5 Feasibility of the proposal 15
  Total 115

(4) The following indicators are used for assessments under the criterion Research excellence of a researcher or a group of researchers:

1.4. exceptional achievements in publications.

1.5. exceptional achievements in citations.

(5) The following indicators are used for assessments under the criterion Relevance and potential impact of the application:

4.3. importance for the development of science or the field;

4.7. share of funding from other sources;

4.9. share of foreign participants at a science meeting;

4.10. periodical nature of a science meeting;

4.11. expected responses of science and expert public;

4.12. combination of several scientific disciplines.

(6) The following indicators are used for assessments under the criterion Feasibility of the proposal:

5.7. alignment of the proposed scope of activities with the planned budget and providing for rational use of funds;

(7) The assessment elements are specified in detail in the methodology.

(8) After the scoring, the expert body determines four categories: I, II, III and IV. Only meetings classified under categories I, II and III may be co-financed. A meeting shall be included in a category based on the sum of scores, separately by field.

Article 152

(Minimum number of presentations)

The Agency co-finances meetings for which at least 10 or 20 persons giving presentations are scheduled for daily, and two or more day meetings, respectively.

Article 153

(Norms for calculating funding for co-financing the cost of organisation of science meetings)

The calculation of funds for co-financing the cost of organisation of science meetings shall take into account the number of participants, the number of persons giving presentations, the number of days, the number of foreign invited lecturers, and administration depending on the number of persons giving presentations. The calculation method and financially determined elements are specified in the methodology.

VIII. Purchase of international science literature and databases

Article 154

(Purpose)

The Agency co-finances purchase of international science literature and databases in accordance herewith for the purpose of providing for the flow and availability of international science and expert information for the needs of R&D and education in the Republic of Slovenia.

Article 155

(Expert body)

The application assessment is managed by the expert body in charge of assessing applications for international science literature and databases.

Article 156

(Applicants)

The libraries being public service entities and institutes entered in the records of research institutions kept by the Agency can apply to the invitation. Libraries and institutes applying to the invitation shall perform information services for a wider audience of users from R&D and education. Libraries (the national library, university and higher education libraries and specialised libraries) and institutions may apply individually or in a consortium.

Article 157

(Contents of the application)

(1) The application shall be prepared on the basis of obtained bids, which have to be enclosed.

(2) The applicant may be granted funds up to the amount of submitted bids.

(3) If the applicant negotiates with the suppliers lower prices than the originally offered and some funds are left, they may propose to the Agency to purchase additional international literature for which no application was made to the invitation. The proposal shall be made on the basis of bids enclosed to the proposal. The Director shall decide on the proposal.

Article 158

(Assessing applications)

(1) The criteria specified in Table G.VIII shall apply to the application assessments.

Table G.VIII: Criteria for assessing applications for purchase of international science literature and databases and the maximum score by criterion

No. of criterion
under Art. 33
Criterion Max. score
7 Relevance of the support 21
8 Quality of the application regarding support 15
4 Relevance and potential impact of the application 3
5 Feasibility of the proposal 6
  Total 35

(2) The following indicators are used for assessments under the criterion Relevance of the support:

7.1. accessibility;

7.2. frequency of use;

7.3. continuity of orders.

(3) The following indicator is used for assessments under the criterion Quality of the application regarding support:

8.6. quality and significance of the subscribed international science literature and databases.

(4) The following indicator is used for assessments under the criterion Relevance and potential impact of the application:

4.7. share of funding from other sources.

(5) The following indicators are used for assessments under the criterion Feasibility of the proposal:

5.7. alignment of the proposed scope of activities with the planned budget and providing for rational use of funds;

5.8. qualifications of staff.

(6) The assessment elements are specified in detail in the methodology.

Article 159

(Priority in co-financing)

(1) The priority in co-financing of purchase of international science literature and databases shall be given to applicants in need of an enhanced development of the library because it is an integral part of an institution the enhanced development of which is in the public interest of the Republic of Slovenia. That enables enhanced development of fields which are in the public interest of the Republic of Slovenia and an integral part of a young institution to be strongly developed in the public interest or an established institution strongly developing a new R&D field.

(2) The Expert Body may classify applicants referred to in the previous paragraph hereunder in the first or second group if the enhanced development of the library is an integral part of a comprehensive development of a certain R&D field. The decision must be substantiated.

Article 160

(Scope of co-financing)

The expert body shall take into account the following in preparation of the proposal for funding of an applicant:

  • scope of the funds approved for the purpose to the applicant in the previous year and the proportions between sciences;
  • increase or decrease of the funds referred to above hereunder with regard to classification of the applicant by score stemming from the criteria; and
  • the total funds earmarked for the purpose.

Article 161

(Classification of applications by group)

(1) The applications shall be assessed by the expert body for international science literature and databases by science field based on the application for co-financing purchase of international periodicals, databases and the cost of a consortium for electronic access to full text of the contents. The chair of the Expert Body shall assess the applications entailing a conflict of interest.

(2) Based on the assessments, the Expert Body shall prepare the order of applications for periodicals and databases by field with regard to the achieved score. They shall be divided into four groups separately by science.

(3) The applicants from group one may be granted more funds by the Expert Body than received in the previous year, the applicants from group two are as a rule granted the same amount as in the previous year and the applicant from group three are granted less funds than received in the previous year. The applicants from group four are not co-financed.

(4) The Expert Body may classify an applicant in either group one or two, on a case-by-case basis. The available and applied for funds shall be taken into account. Such a proposal shall be additionally substantiated by the Expert Body.

(5) If the applicant has never before been financed by the Agency, but was classified in a financed group, the proposal for financing of purchase of international science literature and databases shall be prepared by taking into account the available funds.

(6) The Expert Body shall separately propose co-financing of certain purchase consortiums of special significance. The criterion for special significance shall be inclusion in the consortium of at least four universities and at least four PRI or an entire science covered by the consortium purchase. Consortiums shall have the cost of electronic access to full-text contents co-financed. The basis for financing consortiums shall be funds paid in previous years and the available funding.

Article 162

(Draft priority list of applications)

Based on the scoring and in accordance with the set assessment elements (indicators, criteria and yardsticks), the Expert Body prepares within 30 days from receiving the documentation the draft priority list of applications for co-financing of international science literature and databases. The Expert Body may ask the CSC for an opinion on the expert assessment.

IX. Central specialised information centres

Article 163

(Purpose)

The Agency co-finances in accordance herewith tasks of centres being a condition for implementation of the national R&D programme.

Article 164

(Evaluation procedure)

The evaluation procedure shall be managed by the expert body appointed by the SCA.

Article 165

(Tasks of centres)

The tasks of centres are: processing, organising, evaluating, archiving and forwarding specialised information and information sources, monitoring and supervising appropriate classification of bibliographical records in the bibliographical database of researchers, based on the methodology adopted by the Agency. Performance of the tasks of centres in relation to records in the bibliographical database of researchers is coordinated by the Information Science Institute (hereinafter: the ISI).

Article 166

(Coordination and arbitration)

The centres shall cooperate with the Agency in resolution of substantive issues related to the previous article herein.

Article 167

(Applicants)

The applicants may perform tasks of a centre in accordance with Article 165 herein as an independent legal entity or an organisational unit of the applicant engaged in librarian or other information activity using the COBISS system, with set up communications between the RI in the Republic of Slovenia and internationally, and performing librarian and information activities for at least five years. The centre’s head or expert for classification, supervision and classification of bibliographical records shall have at least a master's degree.

Article 168

(Contents of the Invitation)

The Agency shall publish the invitation for co-financing of tasks in accordance with Article 165 herein in Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, in the following scientific research fields: natural sciences, technical sciences, biotechnology, medicine, social sciences and humanities.

Article 169

(Assessing applications)

(1) The expert body uses the criteria specified in Table G.X for the application assessments.

Table G.X: Criteria for assessing applications for central specialised information centres and the maximum score by criterion

No. of criterion
under Art. 33
Criterion Max. score
5 Feasibility of the proposal 10
  Total 10

(2) The proposal feasibility shall be assessed by the following indicators:

5.8. qualifications of staff.

5.9 suitability of the centre organisation for successful execution of the tasks.

(3) Qualifications of staff for performing tasks in accordance with Article 165 herein shall be proven by enclosed references and the educational structure of the centre’s staff.

Article 170

(Priority in co-financing)

The priority in co-financing shall be given to the centres with a better qualifications for performing tasks and are suitability organised for execution of the tasks.

Article 171

(Additional explanations)

The expert body shall take into account in preparation of the draft priority list the guidelines of the national R&D programme. The expert body may ask the CSC for additional explanations to the draft priority list of centres with regard to their expert assessment.

Article 172

(Subject matter of co-financing)

Co-financing shall take into account labour costs with regard to the costs planned to perform the centre's tasks.

The Rules on the Procedures of the (co)financing and Monitoring of Research Activities Implementation (Official Gazzette 4/2011) contains the following Transitional and final provisions:

H. Transitional and final provisions

Article 173

Financing of training of young researchers who were accepted for training before the entry into force hereof shall be carried out in accordance with the regulations applying upon signing of the contract, except for Article 110, the first and third paragraph of Article 111, Article 112, Article 113 and the fourth and fifth paragraph of Article 115 herein.

Article 174

(Expiration of the rules)

The following rules shall cease to apply as of the date of entry into force hereof:

  • Rules on the Procedures of the (co)financing and Monitoring of Research Activities Implementation (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, no. 23/09),
  • Rules of indicators and criteria for measuring scientific and technical efficiency (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, nos. 41/09, 86/09 and 56/10).
  • Rules on the Evaluation and Financing of Research and Infrastructure Programmes (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, nos. 23/08, 23/09, 86/09 and 97/10),
  • Rules on (co-)financing basic, applicative and postdoctoral research projects (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, nos. 73/06, 41/09 and 23/09),
  • Rules on the training and financing of young researchers in research organisations (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, nos. 24/06, 5/07, 39/07, 23/09, 68/09 and 90/09),
  • Rules on the Co-financing Purchases of Research Equipment (Official Gazette of the RS, no. 23/09),
  • Rules on Financing and Co-financing International Scientific and Technological Cooperation of the Republic of Slovenia (Official Journal of the RS, no. 68/09),
  • Rules on (co)financing prominent researchers from abroad (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, nos. 53/06 and 23/09),
  • Rules on the procedure and criteria for the selection and co- financing of scientific meetings (Official Journal of the RS, nos. 12/05, 24/06 and 23/09),
  • Rules on co-financing purchases of foreign scientific literature and data bases (Official Journal of the RS, nos. 12/05, 53/06, 22/07, 18/08 and 23/09),
  • Rules on the procedure and criteria for the selection and co-financing of domestic popular scientific periodicals (Official Journal of the RS, nos. 24/06, 05/07 and 23/09),
  • Rules on the procedure and criteria for the selection and co-financing of domestic scientific periodicals (Official Journal of the RS, nos. 12/05, 49/05, 24/06 and 5/07),
  • Rules for co-financing science for young people programme (Official Gazette of the RS, nos. 50/06 and 23/09),
  • Rules on co-financing central specialised information centres (Official Gazette of the RS, nos. 12/05, 97/05, 5/07 and 23/09).

Article 175

(Entry into force of the Rules)

These Rules shall enter into force on the day following their publication in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia.

Date: 14.11.2011